Licensing | Betting, Gaming and Lotteries
The Gambling Act 2005 amended and consolidated all UK law relating to Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries and came into effect on 1 September 2007. In changing the law the Government had three 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 Gambling Commission is the organisation with responsibility for all gambling in Great Britain, except for the National Lottery. The Commission is an independent non government body.
The Commission is responsible for casinos, bingo halls, race tracks, betting offices, gaming machines, adult and family entertainment centres and lotteries. This responsibility covers both land-based and online or remote gambling. The Commission is also responsible for advising local and central government on issues relating to gambling.
The Act provided new powers and protections for gambling and brought new enforcement powers and controls for operators.
We can assist in dealing with all aspects of betting, gaming and lotteries, as well as advise companies and other operators of the exemptions and exceptions available. Our experience includes dealing with gambling software and various applications to support online gambling both in the UK and overseas, and we are regularly requested to advise Local Authority Licensing Officers in relation to all aspects of gambling law.
We can also help you with any enforcement issues you may be experiencing. Both police and local authority officers have powers of investigation under the Act, and additionally the Gambling Commission have been authorised to investigate and impose regulatory sanctions or initiate criminal actions for non-compliance.
Finally, we are authorised to offer courses leading to the BIIAB Licensing Practitioners qualification in Gambling Law.
David Smith – Consultant
A graduate of London University, David became a Legal Advisor at the Uxbridge Magistrates Court in 1977 and qualified in 1981. He joined Turbervilles in 1984, became a Partner in 1986 and a consultant in May 2013.
With over 25 years in the legal profession, David heads Turbervilles' Licensing Department. As a nationally recognized expert in the field of licensing law, he is ideally qualified to advise on all aspects of this specialist area. David also acts for a leading animal welfare charity, for whom he regularly acts as a prosecutor.
Married with two sons, his interests include most sports (but particularly football), fine wines and music.
E-mail David: David.Smith@turbervilles.co.uk
Contact: 01895 201748
Wendy Gutteridge – Assistant Solicitor
Wendy joined Turbervilles in 1997, initially as a legal secretary, before working her way up to become a qualified Solicitor.
Wendy graduated with a degree in law from the University of Hertfordshire in 2004, and qualified in January 2009.
E-mail Wendy: Wendy.Gutteridge@turbervilles.co.uk
Contact: 01895 201745