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 Magistrates’ 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…” 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 or Paddy, safe in the knowledge that it is they who will be representing our clients in the Courts.
William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, Bet Fred and The Tote have all been represented by the team. Although the Gambling Act 2005 has led to a significant streamlining of the procedure for applying for betting office licences (which has resulted in reducing the number of contested hearings), Andrew continues to be instructed in contested hearings which are brought before a Committee.
In the last six months Andrew has represented Jennings Racing, the largest independent bookmaker in the southeast, as well as being instructed by other small independent bookmakers. In November 2010, Andrew was instructed by Coral Racing to resist applications for betting office licences made by Star Amusements, and was successful in having those applications refused, despite similar applications being granted elsewhere. Andrew spoke on the principle of split premises in April 2011 at Paterson's Conference. The team have completed major casino application projects for Thistle Hotels and Luminar/ Lucien Barrier. The casino work involved the team personally representing clients in the Magistrates’ Courts and against Q.C. opposition.
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.
Paddy Whur is currently advising a client who is to introduce a new and innovative product to the internet betting market.
In January 2011, the team provided training on the Gambling Act 2005 to a number of local authorities based in the South East.