“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


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.