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For a range of businesses, gambling is an important and profitable enterprise. Many businesses, large and small, revolve entirely around gambling in one form or another – mainly casinos and bookmakers. Other businesses, mainly within the hospitality and entertainment industries, will offer on-site gambling facilities as a profitable supplement to the services they offer.
Gambling can be an enjoyable, even exciting pastime for consumers as well as a lucrative activity for businesses. However, the dangers of problem gambling and the ease with which unwary consumers can be led into unwise betting mean that it is also an activity which must be licensed and regulated rigorously. Businesses involved in gambling are therefore placed under a number of obligations and responsibilities, overseen by licensing body The Gambling Commission.
Obtaining a license involves undergoing a number of strict checks to ensure that you and your business can be trusted to deal honestly and responsibly with your customers and to meet all the obligations and requirements that come with providing gambling services to the public. You will be rigorously assessed by the gambling commission based on:
If you are not sure whether you will qualify for a gambling license or your application has been rejected, I will be able to help you assess your situation. As an experienced licensing and gambling barrister, I will be able to identify factors which are working for or against you, and with my help raise a competent and convincing appeal if you have been denied a license.
The terms of the license are many and often complex, and because of the dangers that the public can face from gambling they are rigorously forced. If you are a business with a gambling element and are facing enforcement action from the Gambling Commission for failing to comply with the complex legislation that surrounds this area, it is highly important that you seek expert legal help. I offer services in the same way as traditional gambling solicitors do, as well as acting as your barrister and representing you in court.
As a gambling lawyer specialising in issues relating to gambling licenses and regulatory compliance, I will be able to provide you with expert advice and help you find the best way forward while putting together a powerful case for your defence.
Stuart Jessop is a member of the Institute of Licensing and holds the Professional Licensing Practitioner’s Qualification (PLPQ) and has been ranked as a leading barrister (Band 3) for licensing in the independent publication The Legal 500 for 2015.
23 January 2018
Stuart Jessop has recently represented a client who was successful in opposing an application for a sexual entertainment venue licence by the historic Windmill Strip Club based in Soho, with Westminster City Council taking the decision not to renew the licence.
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