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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12 April 2021
Two on­line op­er­at­ors giv­en sub­stan­tial pen­alty pack­ages fol­low­ing second...
The Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) re­cently an­nounced that it has taken fur­ther reg­u­lat­ory ac­tion against gambling op­er­at­ors Casumo Ser­vices Lim­ited (“Casumo”) and In­Touch Games Lim­ited...
12 April 2021
Gambling Com­mis­sion as­sess­ments res­ult in reg­u­lat­ory ac­tion against five...
On 30 March 2021, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished a state­ment giv­ing de­tails of en­force­ment ac­tion taken against five land-based casi­nos, which were all found to have failed to...
15 April 2021
The re­la­tion­ship between sport and gambling
Re­pla­cing our usu­al an­nu­al Gambling Con­fer­ence, we are ex­cited to in­vite you to the CMS Vir­tu­al Gambling Con­fer­ence series, with an out­stand­ing ar­ray of in­dustry lead­ers.Our second ses­sion will look at...
17 March 2021
Sanc­tions against Per­son­al Man­age­ment Li­cence Hold­ers of Caesars En­ter­tain­ment
The Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) an­nounced on 3 March 2021 that it has taken ac­tion against more than 30 Per­son­al Man­age­ment Li­cence (“PML”) hold­ers in con­nec­tion with Caesars En­ter­tain­ment...
05 March 2021
ECJ rul­ings at­tempt to strike bal­ance in EU gambling sec­tor
In the ab­sence of har­mon­ised EU gambling le­gis­la­tion, mem­ber states have the dis­cre­tion to de­cide the level of pro­tec­tion gran­ted to gambling con­sumers in their re­spect­ive jur­is­dic­tion, ac­cord­ing to the...
30 March 2021
CMS Vir­tu­al Gambling Con­fer­ence
Re­pla­cing our usu­al an­nu­al Gambling Con­fer­ence, we are ex­cited to in­vite you to the CMS Vir­tu­al Gambling Con­fer­ence series, with an out­stand­ing ar­ray of in­dustry lead­ers.The event series will be­gin on...
18 February 2021
Re­duced sanc­tion for AML and so­cial re­spons­ib­il­ity breaches by As­pers
On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) an­nounced that it had im­posed sanc­tions on As­pers Strat­ford (“As­pers”) as a con­sequence of its mis­hand­ling of cus­tom­ers from both...
08 February 2021
ASA rules that Lad­brokes TV ad showed gambling be­ha­viour that was so­cially...
In­tro­duc­tion On 3 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) ruled that an LC In­ter­na­tion­al Ltd t/a Lad­brokes (“Lad­brokes”) video-on-de­mand ad was in breach of rules 16.1 and 16.3.1...
08 February 2021
Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounces changes to strengthen the pro­tec­tions and...
On the 2 Feb­ru­ary 2021 the Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounced changes to the Re­mote gambling and soft­ware tech­nic­al stand­ards (RTS), which aim to strengthen the pro­tec­tions and con­trols for con­sumers who use...
02 February 2021
Rights in sports data – Court of Ap­peal
In the judg­ment of The Ra­cing Part­ner­ship Lim­ited & Ors v Sports In­form­a­tion Ser­vices Lim­ited [2020] EW­CA Civ 1300, the Court of Ap­peal con­sidered im­port­ant is­sues re­lat­ing to: (1) the leg­al pro­tec­tion...
29 January 2021
Gambling Com­mis­sion con­sults on new meth­od­o­logy for gambling par­ti­cip­a­tion...
On 18 Decem­ber 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) com­menced a con­sulta­tion in­to the re­search meth­od­o­logy used in col­lect­ing gambling par­ti­cip­a­tion and prob­lem gambling stat­ist­ics. This...
08 January 2021
Un­ex­pec­ted scale-back of DAC6 tax re­port­ing
HM­RC have an­nounced that the UK has scaled back the ap­plic­a­tion of the EU tax dis­clos­ure re­gime re­ferred to as “DAC6” so that only one out of the five EU “hall­marks” be­lieved to in­dic­ate tax avoid­ance...