Gambling

United Kingdom

The gambling industry is constantly in a state of change. While regulatory liberalisation is creating new opportunities in some jurisdictions, tightening legislation is closing down avenues in others. Our deep knowledge of the sector allows us to advise our clients on how to recognise, protect and optimise their opportunities within this shifting landscape.

Our gambling practice comprises lawyers drawn from across the firm, including our Commercial & Regulatory, Corporate, Tax, Dispute Resolution, Financial Services, EU & Competition and Intellectual Property practices and our expertise extends to all gambling products including betting, gaming, lotteries, prize competitions and promotions, both remote and land-based.

As well as years of experience in advising on gambling products, we have market leading financial services expertise which underpins our advice on payments issues and anti-money laundering.

With our experts across a network of 42 countries and long-standing relationships with local counsel in other jurisdictions, we are well placed to offer advice as new licensing regimes are introduced or legislation changes or on cross-border M&A. We can advise on the best jurisdiction for a client from both a regulatory and tax perspective. Whether a client wants to establish a new company, obtain a licence or needs market leading gambling tax advice, we provide a one-stop service.

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CMS In­ter­act­ive Guide to On­line Gambling Reg­u­la­tion in Europe

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31 July 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
04 July 2019
CMS Ex­pert Guide to on­line gambling law and reg­u­la­tion in Europe
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on gambling law and reg­u­la­tion? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
28 September 2020
UK Gov­ern­ment launches con­sulta­tion on loot boxes
The De­part­ment of Di­git­al Cul­ture Me­dia and Sport (“DCMS”) has launched a call for evid­ence on the im­pact of loot boxes in video games to help it de­term­ine wheth­er they should be clas­si­fied as gambling...
13 February 2020
CMS Gambling Con­fer­ence 2020: Tak­ing risks to help con­sumers
Neil McAr­thur, Chief Ex­ec­ut­ive of the Gambling Com­mis­sion, gave a key note speech to the con­fer­ence del­eg­ates. Watch the video here.
08 September 2020
European Com­mis­sion form­ally opens in-depth state aid in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to...
On 2 Septem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) form­ally opened an in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to wheth­er Bel­gi­um’s grant of a li­cence to Lad­brokes to op­er­ate vir­tu­al bet­ting in Bel­gi­um...
12 February 2020
CMS Gambling Con­fer­ence 2020: Put­ting the Cus­tom­er First
02 September 2020
BGC un­veils tough new meas­ures to pro­tect un­der-18s from on­line gambling...
The Bet­ting and Gambling Coun­cil (BGC) has un­veiled a host of new rules de­signed to pro­tect chil­dren and young people from gambling ad­vert­ising in the Sixth In­dustry Code for So­cially Re­spons­ible Ad­vert­ising....
12 February 2020
CMS Gambling Con­fer­ence 2020: Identi­fy­ing and In­ter­act­ing with Prob­lem...
15 July 2020
New Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure - how will the re­gime work? Part 1:...
Last month we re­por­ted on the new class ac­tion mech­an­ism that is be­ing in­tro­duced in Scot­land on 31 Ju­ly 2020 (see here).  The new mech­an­ism is in­ten­ded to bet­ter fa­cil­it­ate group claims.  It is be­ing...
6 February 2020
CMS Gambling Con­fer­ence 2020: Horsera­cing and Fund­ing
13 July 2020
Gambling Com­mis­sion con­sults on on­line slots game design and re­verse with­draw­als
On 9 Ju­ly 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it is con­sult­ing on changes to the reg­u­la­tion of on­line slot games design. This fol­lows the Com­mis­sion’s in­dustry chal­lenge re­port, which it pub­lished...
6 February 2020
CMS Gambling Con­fer­ence 2020: Data Rights: the latest de­vel­op­ments