The Gambling Act 2005 changed the UK gaming and gambling landscape. The Act devolved authority for issuing licences from the Magistrates’ Courts to local authorities and introduced a host of new protections for children, of particular importance in the online arena. The Act also established the Gambling Commission, which is now the sole regulator of betting, bingo, casinos, slot machines and lotteries. Only spread betting and the National Lottery are regulated elsewhere.
Businesses wishing to move into this sector, or evolve or expand within it, must be aware of their obligations against this new backdrop.
We are familiar with the legislation and have worked closely with the regulators to achieve our clients’ ambitions, both in relation to online and physical environments; casinos, raffles, lotteries, private games and online gaming. We have advised clients on disputes concerning gaming contracts. We advise in relation to both licensed and unlicensed compliance.