Gambling Non-Remote

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 also 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 work Sarah Frow undertakes in the lotteries sector and by Sarah and Andy being appointed as legal advisors to the National Lotteries Council and their members.

The firm has a stellar list of casino clients in the UK and represents major operators such as Grosvenor, Caesars UK and Mayfair Casino as well as independent casino operators such as Silverbond Enterprises Limited.

Andy Woods has secured new Operating licence for new entrants to the casino market in the last few years and many of those clients are non UK based. Licences have been obtained for clients from Latvia, Cambodia , Greece and Hong Kong and several other operators have received specific casino sector advice. We have a dedicated support team to assist Andy and Paddy in gathering information and documentation to support operating licence applications and a good working relationship with the UK Gambling Commission.

Paddy has recently advised a client on a major new entrant to the UK Adult Gaming Centre market and has submitted a detailed application to the UK Gambling Commission for consideration. This is likely to be followed by a significant number of Premises Licence applications.

Andy has been involved in advising clients in some of the leading enforcement cases brought by the UK Gambling Commission across all sectors and advises on strategy and document preparation as well as representing the clients at any enforcement meetings.

William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Bet Fred have all been represented by the team in contested Premises Licence applications. 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.

Paddy and Andy have also dealt with many contested hearings for Adult Gaming Centre applications in the last 12 months many of which have been conducted virtually by zoom or Microsoft teams.

Our Gambling department has extensive experience in all matters and continues to develop and maintain its reputation as the leader in the UK

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

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