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:

  • Identity:Naturally, the Commission will want to ensure you are who you say you are, as well as look into whether your identity has any bearing on the license application.
  • Competence:Of course, the Gambling Commission will want to know more about you than who you are. They will want to make sure you are able to competently and capably run a business involving gambling.
  • Honesty:Being competent enough for a gambling license is one thing, but gambling is a service that can easily be deliberately used in an irresponsible way for profit. Your license application will therefore need to show that you are trustworthy, and any criminal record will certainly be scrutinised closely.
  • Ownership: As well as the applicant, the Commission will also look into the business in question, and specifically will want to know full details of the business’ ownership.
  • Finances: Lastly, they will look into the financial situation of the individual and/or the business. They will look into the financial situation both current and past in order to make sure that you have the necessary resources to carry out the planned activities properly.


Gambling Lawyers in London

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.

If you need the services of traditional gaming or gambling lawyers, as well as an experienced barrister then please contact my clerk and ask for Stuart Jessop on
0207 797 84089 or


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I met Stuart when I was on the opposing side in a recent licensing appeal. Since that time Woods Whur have instructed him in matters, in the most recent of which he won and had costs awarded in our client's favour. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Mr. P Whur, London

Mr Jessop is excellent at identifying the issue, asking relevant questions and setting out the way forward. He is friendly & approachable at all times and puts clients at ease. He elicits and analyses the evidence and advises clients clearly on the prospects of success. We recommend Mr Jessop to clients without hesitation.

Mr. G Hopkins, London

It’s not often you meet someone as tenacious as Mr Jessop. He is committed, efficient and persuasive and possess all of the qualities you could wish for from your lawyer. He is positive where others are negative, he shows dogged determination to deliver the right result for his client. I have no hesitation in recommending him - top class.

Mr. D Rogers, London

Stuart Jessop, counsel, has covered a number of difficult Licensing applications through Sanders Solicitors, including Hearings before Licensing Committees and Appeal Hearings in the Magistrates' Court. Clients have always been complementary of Mr. Jessop's advocacy and advice. He easily grasps the issues at hand and is readily forthcoming with advice on LW, Practice and Procedure.

Mr. C Turner, London

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