“Poppleston Allen provide a quality legal service for our business. They understand our commercial demands and react quickly and effectively to our legal issues.”

Matt Cole

Managing Director, Blueprint Gaming UK Limited

Overview

Nick holds a Communications and Law LLB (2:1) from Leeds University and a Legal Practicing Certificate from Leeds Metropolitan University.

He qualified as a Solicitor in 2005

Nick is a Solicitor and the lead Partner in the betting & gaming team, having responsibility for operating, personal and premises licences under the Gambling Act 2005.

Nick acts for a wide variety of leisure operators from large corporations to single site operators, including bookmakers, bingo operators, family entertainment centre and adult gaming centre arcades, clubs and gaming machine manufacturers and suppliers. His clients are from the terrestrial land based sector and on-line gambling world and Nick has particular expertise with web based operations.

He advises major leisure companies including: Power Leisure Bookmakers Ltd t/a Paddy Power, The Bingo Association, Bandai Namco Amusement Europe Limited, Bourne Leisure Limited, including Butlins, Haven and Warner Holidays, Crown Leisure Limited, Namco UK Limited, The National Bingo Game Association, Nikolas Shaw Limited t/a Opera House Casino, Palatial Leisure Limited, Park Holidays UK Limited, Parkdean Resorts UK Limited, Playnation Ltd, Shipley Brother Limited and Shua Limited t/a Bongo’s Bingo.

Nick also advises The Gauselmann Group, one of the largest gambling operators in Europe, with brands including:

  • Cashino Gaming Limited
  • ADP Gauselmann GmbH
  • Alliance Gaming Solutions Limited
  • Beacon Bingo Limited
  • Betcom Limited
  • Blueprint Gaming Limited
  • Blueprint Operations Limited
  • Blueprint Technologies Limited
  • Blueprint Technologies (Gibraltar) Limited
  • Cashpoint Agentur & IT Service Gmbh
  • Cashpoint Malta Limited
  • Cashpoint Sports Betting Limited
  • edict eGaming GmbH
  • Gaming Centres Limited
  • Merkur Interactive Malta plc
  • Praesepe Limited
  • Regal Amusement Machines Sales Limited

Nick acted successfully for Nikolas Shaw Ltd in the first appeal relating to the new casinos under the Gambling Act 2005.

He is retained as legal advisor by the Bingo Association and sits on the Bourne Leisure Group Gambling Risk Management Committee. He has written gambling law qualifications and regularly delivers training to local authority officers, councillors, the police, operators, Personal Management Licence Holders and staff involved in gaming, betting and lotteries.

Nick is also commended in the 2018 Legal 500 Guide for bringing unrivalled knowledge and expertise to his role.

Nick contributes regularly to the trade press, including The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, Institute of Licensing Journal and the BII Business magazine. Nick co-wrote the definitive pocket guide to the new licensing act, called The 2015 Licensed Trade Guide with Jeremy Allen and Graeme Cushion.

Nick has developed our employment law service in conjunction Nelsons Solicitors, which provides retail operators with the basic employment documentation for members of staff, information pertinent to the leisure industry and regular news updates. Please see the ‘Employment’ section of the site.

Nick’s IT knowledge led him to conceiving, developing and refining a secure on-line portal to the firms database for clients which is effective and acts as a 24/7 window on their files held at the firm.


Testimonials

“He has a very strong knowledge of gaming licensing, is extremely personable and understands the needs of the operator.” – Chambers and Partners

“Nick, Felix & the team at PA were great and they smoothly guided us through the process (& minefield) of applications. They were down to earth, straight talking and very approachable. Without doubt I will use them again as the business begins to grow and would not hesitate to recommend the team to other businesses seeking legal services. I look forward to building a long-term relationship with them” – Mike Smith, Director at LOL Entertainment Ltd

“After receiving an email from the Gambling Commission threatening to revoke my gaming license in seven days over an administration error, I was advised by the Bingo Association to contact Poppleston Allen – it was the best advice I could receive. They took the problem out of my hands and into theirs and dealt with it with great efficiency and resolved the problem. I would like to thank Nick, Richard and Hannah for their excellent response and expertise. I would recommend them to anyone with licensing issues.” – Gary Armstrong, Managing Director at Cavenbridge Ltd.

“Since I joined Alliance in November 2016, Nick has always been at the end of the phone and available to help. It is great to know that Poppleston Allen is supporting us, and to have Nick as part of our team.” – Linda Gosnell, Director at Alliance Gaming Solutions Limited

“Nick’s knowledge of the industry, and the regulatory landscape is second to none.” – Sean Young, Managing Director at Wexel Gaming and Leisure Electronics

“The Bingo Association have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Nick Arron and Poppleston Allen over the last ten years. In that time Poppleston Allen have gained the absolute confidence of the membership through their unwavering support of the industry during many challenging times, the latest being the Covid 19 pandemic.” – Miles Baron, Chief Executive at The Bingo Association

“Nick is always most helpful and efficient. We honestly could not have wished for a better service than that we consistently receive.” – The Legal 500

“Poppleston Allen has had an important role in the expansion of Merkur Slots, initially providing crucial strategic advice. Richard and Felix work seamlessly with the team at Merkur Slots handling the Bingo Premises Licence applications on our behalf. Their experience and their relationships with the Local Authorities are invaluable for us as we develop the Merkur Slots brand.” – Sascha Blodau, General Manager UK at the Gauselmann Group

“Nick Arron has a great level of knowledge and is eager to support the operational challenges faced by the clients’ business” – The Legal 500