WoodsWhur - Legal Licensing Service - Alcohol, Entertainment, Gambling, Taxi law and Regulation
 
Areas of expertise
Gambling
 
Gambling
Land-based

The land-based gambling sector is highly regulated. There is no other betting and gaming team in the UK that has represented all major bookmakers in licensing applications or has undertaken as much advocacy in contested casino applications before the Courts. We were, therefore, extremely pleased when Andrew and Paddy were referred to as, "arguably the two leading betting and gaming solicitors in the country&helip;"(Chambers Directory). Both have appeared in Magistrates' Courts and Crown Courts, and before Licensing Committees, throughout the UK. This enables our clients to give direct instructions to Andrew and Paddy, safe in the knowledge that there will be continuity of representation from instruction to court hearing. The team has been significantly strengthened by the appointment of Anna Mathias - a 20 year experienced Barrister with significant experience in the sector. She is one of the most experienced lotteries sector regulatory lawyers in the market. She has been retained as advisor to the Lotteries Council and all of its members for many years, dealing with all manner of enquiries from charities and their commercial lottery partners. She has advised major charities such as Comic Relief, MacMillan, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie, the Air Ambulance Society, the British Red Cross, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the PDSA and the Royal Air Force Association.

William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Bet Fred have all been represented by the team. Andrew continues to be instructed in contested hearings which are brought before the Committee - including Coral and a range of independents - as well as acting for Jennings Racing - the largest independent bookmaker in the South East.

The team have completed major casino projects for Thistle Hotels and Luminar/Lucien Barrier. The casino work involved the team personally representing clients in the Magistrates' Courts and against QC opposition.

Andy has acted for the international operators of the new casino in the Park Lane Hilton from the grant of the operating licence through to the removal of the licence in to the Park Lane Hilton.

Individual operators are also clients of the firm as well as local community groups and schools wishing to organise raffles and small society lotteries. The team has received a large number of new instructions to deal with internet-based gaming, including 'Skill with Prize' competitions and 'Low Bid Auction' schemes.

Please contact Paddy Whur on 07738 170137 or paddy@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Andrew Woods on 07738 170138 or andrew@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Anna Mathias on 07767 782997 or anna@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Chris Rees-Gay on 07809 708156 or chris@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like any further information. Online Gaming

Woods Whur have been instrumental in advising clients on cross border jurisdictional issues to applying for licences in the UK and foreign jurisdictions. The firms ethos is to provide experienced, cost effective advice in this highly regulated sphere. Clients include TGP Europe, Kootac.N.V, Jennings, Bet Click, Ash Gaming, Play Stake, Pinnacle Sports, Praesepe, Dazzletag Entertainment Limited as well as Aristocrat, Icon Eyecon and Ash Gaming.

Since November 2014, any remote gambling operator wishing to transact with, or advertise to, customers in Great Britain are obliged to hold a remote operating licence issued by the Gambling Commission. As a team we have made a significant number of applications for new licences for a variety of operators, whether licensed in the previously "white listed" countries such as Gibraltar, Malta and Alderney, licensed elsewhere in the world, or not licensed at all.

We have a particular expertise in - and enjoy - acting for start ups and have assisted a large number of companies and individuals in bringing exciting new innovative products to market. This involves advising in the first instance, on how the proposal falls properly to be classified under British Gambling Law, and then making application for the appropriate operating licence. Our involvement does not end there - we have an excellent track record in continuing to assist these businesses with their regulatory needs as they develop.

It's worth noting, too, that our work on remote gambling does not focus solely on remote operators: we also have extensive experience in helping "Bricks and Mortar" operators expand, develop and obtain approval for their online offer.

Our approach to applications on the clients behalf for a new operating licence starts with a relevant, clear and precise checklist of the information required to guide them through the process. We provide an action plan design to steer the application through and can, if required, draft all the bespoke polices on matters such as social responsibility, required to support the individual business through the licensing process.

We offer a full service, catering for all the gambling licensing requirements of clients. These include making applications for licence variations to adding new gambling activities or to reflect changes in revenue, help with regulatory returns, applications for personal management and personal functional licences, approaches for corporate control approved by the commission in the event that the business changes hands and assistance with enforcement action, if things go wrong.

We have experience of dealing with operating licence reviews and appearing before the commissions regulatory panel. We also regularly help clients protect themselves against enforcement action through reviews of their policies and procedures, to ensure that they meet the Commission's standards.

The law on the licensing of gambling software presents particular challenges in terms of advising on what, exactly, it is and on precisely which entities - in what can sometimes be a complex supply chain - fall to be licensed. We have the technical expertise and industry knowledge to deal with these questions, which have been particularly thrown in to the spotlight by the requirements that, by 31 March 2015 any remote gambling operator with GB customers only source its gambling software from commission licensed software businesses. We have an excellent track record in establishing a meaningful and constructive dialogue with the commission in relation to these issues.

We also have expertise in advising on cross jurisdictional licensing and our excellent relationships with the commission, gambling regulators in other jurisdictions and specialist lawyers and consultants also places us in the best possible position to advise operators on opening up other markets, in the EU and worldwide. We have recently completed a significant piece of work in this regard for William Hill Online out of Gibraltar.

Members of the team often provide articles on remote gambling law to the trade press and are frequently invited to comment in the national press on online gambling and other licensing gambling matters.

We also provide a full range of commercial services to our remote gambling clients including tax advice, software supply agreements, external lottery manager contracts, specialist terms and conditions and privacy policies, via our cross referral arrangements with leading corporate commercial law firm Addleshaw Goddard.

Please contact Paddy Whur on 07738 170137 or paddy@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Andrew Woods on 07738 170138 or andrew@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Anna Mathias on 07767 782997 or anna@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Chris Rees-Gay on 07809 708156 or chris@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like any further information.
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