Introduction to Gambling Legislation

How can we help you with your Gambling Legislation issues?


The Gambling Act 2005 regulates gambling in Great Britain. Underpinning the regulation are three licensing objectives:

  • To keep crime out of gambling;
  • To ensure that gambling is conducted fairly and openly
  • To protect children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling

The Act regulates commercial gambling through licences and permits for both online and land based operations. It also defines the circumstances when private and non commercial gambling are permitted.

For online operations there is now a requirement that all remote gambling operators, no matter where they are based, will be required to hold a Gambling Commission operating licence to enable them to transact with British customers and to advertise in Great Britain. Foreign gambling website operators must now comply with the same provisions on crime and disorder, fairness and openness, the protection of children and the vulnerable and social responsibility as existing GB licensed websites. 

Our experience extends into the fields of casinos, betting, bingo, amusement arcades, gaming permits and advising companies in regard to gambling law. We advise major leisure companies involved in the industry and the family entertainment sector on gaming and also run widely regarded training courses to operators and enforcement authorities.

For help and advice in any of these gambling related areas please contact Nick Arron.

Training Courses

Poppleston Allen are able to organise bespoke training courses to guide you through the changes to gambling through their sister training company, Poppleston Allen Training. Click here for more information.