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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Law-Now: Gambling
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July 2019
Ex­perts in Gambling Law
29 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion warns op­er­at­ors that treat­ment of VIP cus­tom­ers...
In Novem­ber 2018, the Gambling Com­mis­sion were con­tac­ted by the re­l­at­ives of a man who took his own life in April 2017, aged 25. The Com­mis­sion sub­sequently un­der­took an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to PT En­ter­tain­ment...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to On­line Gambling Reg­u­la­tion in Europe
13 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion tight­ens up con­sumer pro­tec­tion dur­ing COV­ID-19...
Cor­rect as of 12:00 on 13 May 2020. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. On 12 May 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion re­leased ad­di­tion­al guid­ance for re­mote op­er­at­ors to ad­here to dur­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic....
12 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion pen­al­ises FSB for reg­u­lat­ory fail­ings and warns...
Re­mote gambling op­er­at­or FSB Tech­no­logy (UK) Ltd is set to pay £600,000 to the Gambling Com­mis­sion, after the reg­u­lat­or dis­covered fail­ings in its over­sight of its white la­bel part­ners and its anti-money...
05 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion An­nounces So­ci­ety Lot­tery Re­forms
On 29 April 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it would be mak­ing changes to an­nu­al lim­its and in­form­a­tion re­quire­ments in re­spect of so­ci­ety lot­ter­ies. The changes fol­low two con­sulta­tions;...
29 Apr 20
CMA pub­lishes clear­ance de­cision in Flut­ter En­ter­tain­ment plc and...
On 31 March 2020 the CMA cleared Flut­ter En­ter­tain­ment plc’s (“Flut­ter”) mer­ger with The Stars Group Inc (“Stars”). The parties both op­er­ate in the UK’s thriv­ing on­line gambling in­dustry and...
24 Apr 20
UK Par­lia­ment­ary in­quiry ex­am­ines the role of the FCO in UK for­eign...
The UK Par­lia­ment­ary For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee has opened an in­quiry in­to the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice (FCO)’s role in block­ing for­eign as­set strip­ping of UK com­pan­ies. The in­quiry comes as there...
17 Apr 20
Up­date on post-Brexit im­mig­ra­tion sys­tem
In the midst of the COV­ID-19 re­stric­tions, Brexit can seem like a dis­tant memory.  With the cur­rent situ­ation re­quir­ing drastic ac­tion, with a pro­found im­pact on every­day life, the fo­cus of gov­ern­ment...
14 Apr 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion Pub­lishes Reas­on­ing for Triple­b­et's Li­cence Sus­pen­sion
On 8 April 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (“the Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished its reas­on­ing for the pack­age of sanc­tions it handed down to on­line gambling op­er­at­or Triple­b­et on 17 Feb­ru­ary 2020, which in­cluded...
07 Apr 20
COV­ID-19 - Coronavir­us Job Re­ten­tion Scheme - up­dated Gov­ern­ment guid­ance
In this Law-Now we dis­cuss the up­dated Gov­ern­ment guid­ance on the Coronavir­us Job Re­ten­tion Scheme. Al­though this con­tains use­ful cla­ri­fic­a­tions, sev­er­al un­cer­tain­ties re­main, par­tic­u­larly around the...
03 Apr 20
The Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounces ac­tions from three in­dustry work­ing...
Fol­low­ing Neil McAr­thur’s break­fast brief­ing in Oc­to­ber 2019, the Gambling Com­mis­sion  es­tab­lished three in­dustry work­ing groups, each fo­cus­ing on a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge iden­ti­fied by the Com­mis­sion...