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Licensing legal advice for the opening of a purpose-built bingo venue

An example of working with the Gambling Commission and relevant authorities to obtain a premises licence for an innovative bingo operator.

One of our bingo clients which operates across the whole of the UK as well as internationally wanted to build their own purpose-built bingo venue.

However, the Gambling Commission had reservations with regard to the innovative stance of the licensee and its development of the national bingo market. As a result, a number of concerns for the new purpose-built venue were raised by both the Gambling Commission and the local licensing authority; adding a heightened degree of scrutiny to the proposed development.

Partner and head of gambling Nick Arron, working with gambling Solicitor Richard Bradley, managed to engage with the Gambling Commission, the licensing authority, local police licensing teams and the local environmental health team at site meetings and through subsequent discussions addressing all the responsible authorities’ concerns regarding the proposed operation.

Due to a number of local residents’ concerns the matter proceeded to a hearing at the local licensing sub-committee and through extensive work and engagement with the local community, the application was granted as proposed and the applicant was deemed suitable to hold a premises licence.

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