The land-based gambling sector is highly regulated. There is no other betting and gaming team in the UK that has represented all major bookmakers in licensing applications or has undertaken as much advocacy in contested casino applications before the Courts. We were, therefore, extremely pleased when Andrew and Paddy were referred to as, “arguably the two leading betting and gaming solicitors in the country” (Chambers Directory). Both have appeared in Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts, and before Licensing Committees, throughout the UK.

Paddy and Andrew have both secured their Higher Rights of Audience which enables our clients to give direct instructions, safe in the knowledge that there will be continuity of representation from instruction to court hearing. The team has been strengthened by the appointment of Anna Mathias – a 20 year experienced Barrister with significant experience in the sector. She is one of the most experienced lotteries sector regulatory lawyers in the market.Cards and Chips

William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Bet Fred have all been represented by the team. Woods Whur continues to be instructed in contested hearings which are brought before the Committee – including Coral and a range of independents – as well as acting for Jennings Racing – the largest independent bookmaker in the South East and Grosvenor Casinos.

The team have completed major casino projects for Thistle Hotels and Luminar/Lucien Barrier. The casino work involved the team personally representing clients in the Magistrates’ Courts and against QC opposition.

Andy has acted for the international operators of the new casino in the Park Lane Hilton from the grant of the operating licence through to the removal of the licence in to the Park Lane Hilton.

Individual operators are also clients of the firm as well as local community groups and schools wishing to organise raffles and small society lotteries. The team has received a large number of new instructions to deal with internet-based gaming, including ‘Skill with Prize’ competitions and ‘Low Bid Auction’ schemes.

The team, along with Colin Manchester are currently writing the much anticipated “Gambling Licensing Law” book which will be published in 2017.

Please contact Paddy Whur on 07738 170137 or paddy@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Andrew Woods on 07738 170138 or andrew@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.

Please contact Anna Mathias on 07767 782997 or anna@woodswhur.co.uk if you would like further information.