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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.

All remote gambling operators, no matter where they are based, are 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 providing their services to customer in Great Britain must also 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, the family entertainment sector and 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.

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