The gambling sector is a major growth area in the UK. In particular, the online gambling sector continues to go from strength to strength and e-sports betting is quickly becoming a global sensation. As a result of our recognised expertise in advertising, entertainment and sport we are well placed to service our clients’ needs in this constantly evolving market.
The UK has one of the most advanced online gambling regulatory systems and has recently undergone a major facelift, with the UK gambling regime moving from a point of supply to a point of consumption basis. This has had a major impact on operators providing online gambling services to customers based in the UK.
We have lawyers who have in-depth industry knowledge (resulting from in-house experience) and are well equipped to guide gambling companies through the ever increasing regulatory scrutiny. Our team advises on a wide range of commercial queries applicable to the sector, including advertising & marketing, data privacy, employment, tax and intellectual property.
You can view our latest two Gambling blog posts below and our full blog here.
Sports Q&A - How are esports regulated?28 January 2021
It’s impossible to answer this question without taking a closer look at the esports ecosystem. Although there are certain parallels to draw with traditional sports (with professional players, teams, leagues and championships) there are also significant differences. In particular, the international and national federation structure as seen in traditional sports is generally absent in esports.
Alex Kelham comments for Sportcal and Gambling Insider: UK's gambling companies agree to TV ad ban during live sports coverage06 December 2018
Alex Kelham has commented for both Sportcal and Gambling Insider on the UK’s largest gambling companies agreeing to a voluntary ban on advertising during live television coverage of sport amid increasing concerns over the harmful effects of gambling addiction.
CDM 2015: Who is the Principal Designer?01 August 2017
By now, everyone is familiar with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (“Regulations”). However, there still seems to be confusion as to who should fulfil the role of the Principal Designer (“PD”).
The CMA’s fight with online gambling companies10 July 2017
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is upping the ante against online gambling companies by increasing its enforcement action against those suspected of breaching consumer law. The CMA believes that often customers are not getting the deal they expected when signing up, due to misleading promotions and unfair terms within the promotion.
The ICO cracking down on the use of personal data to promote online gambling10 July 2017
The ICO has learned that there has been a "large numbers of spam texts linked to the gambling sector", and is therefore clamping down on how companies/affiliates use personal data to promote online gambling.
The Gambling Commission serve some stark warnings to operators10 July 2017
The Gambling Commission has slapped its first advertising-related fine against an online gambling operator for advertising that was deemed to fall foul of social responsibility rules and come to a settlement with another operator.