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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.

Law-Now: Gambling
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19/10/2021
ASA Rules so­cially ir­re­spons­ible bet­ting ads to be with­drawn
On 13th Oc­to­ber 2021, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) ruled against the A&S Leis­ure Group t/a Na­po­leons Casi­nos. The ASA con­cluded that state­ments made on the web­site of Na­po­leons Casi­nos...
13/10/2021
A step for­ward for the Single Cus­tom­er View
The pro­spect of a “single cus­tom­er view” moved a step for­ward last week, as the ICO pub­lished its Reg­u­lat­ory Sand­box Phase 1 out­comes re­port which con­cluded that the shar­ing of be­ha­vi­our­al data between...
12/10/2021
On­line gambling law and reg­u­la­tion in the United King­dom
11/10/2021
The fu­ture of sports data: live data - Part 2
In the pre­vi­ous art­icle in our The Fu­ture of Sports Data series, we turned our fo­cus from ath­letes’ data to live sports data, and in par­tic­u­lar the on­go­ing leg­al chal­lenges we are see­ing re­lated to...
16/09/2021
Brexit – 30 Septem­ber 2021 dead­line: Win­dow to re-file your pending EU...
As of 1 Janu­ary 2021, EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) and Re­gistered European Designs (RCDs) no longer ex­tend to the UK. EUTMs and RCDs which were re­gistered on 31 Decem­ber 2020 now en­joy pro­tec­tion in the...
14/09/2021
Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal strikes out ab­use of dom­in­ance claim
On 7 Septem­ber 2021, the Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal handed down judg­ment in For­rest Fresh Foods (FFF) v Coca-Cola European Part­ners Lim­ited (CCEP) [2021] CAT 29, strik­ing out FFF’s claim in its en­tirety...
09/09/2021
The fu­ture of sports data: Live Data - part 1
The trouble with re­ly­ing on breach of con­fid­ence and un­law­ful means con­spir­acy (the case of TRP v SIS) The pre­vi­ous art­icles in our The Fu­ture of Sports Data series fo­cused on ath­letes’ data.  In this...
08/09/2021
FCA con­sulta­tion on new Di­versity and In­clu­sion List­ing Rules
Over the sum­mer, the FCA an­nounced a con­sulta­tion on its pro­pos­al to in­tro­duce a new con­tinu­ing ob­lig­a­tion in the List­ing Rules that would re­quire UK and over­seas com­pan­ies with a UK premi­um or stand­ard...
01/09/2021
Up­date on gambling ad­vert­ising con­sulta­tion
Fol­low­ing a con­sulta­tion, which was aimed at re­spond­ing to the find­ings of the GambleAware Fi­nal Syn­thes­is Re­port, the Com­mit­tee of Ad­vert­ising Prac­tice (CAP) and the Broad­cast Com­mit­tee of Ad­vert­ising...
26/08/2021
The fu­ture of sports data: Pro­ject Red Card and per­form­ance data
In the pre­vi­ous art­icle in this series, we ex­amined the patch­work of leg­al rights that can be used in the UK to as­sert a quasi “im­age right” and saw how ath­letes are in­creas­ingly as­sert­ing such leg­al...
12/08/2021
The fu­ture of sports data: im­age rights in sport – The state of play
The second art­icle in our The Fu­ture of Sports Data series ex­am­ines what we mean by “im­age rights” in the UK and how a com­bin­a­tion of in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty and oth­er leg­al rights may be used by ath­letes...
29/07/2021
The fu­ture of sports data
Worth over US$1 bil­lion in 2020 and pro­jec­ted to be worth US$5 bil­lion by 2026, it is safe to say that sports data rights is a large and grow­ing busi­ness which brings cross-in­dustry en­gage­ment from sport­ing...