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    Gambling Licences And Disputes

    The Coronavirus pandemic has increased online gambling and many people suffering financial hardship.  Gambling law is complex, and operators must be diligent in terms of regulatory compliance.  As an experienced gambling law barrister, I can provide practical advice on the law governing the UK gambling industry and provide cost-effective, robust guidance concerning:

    • Compliance issues under the Gambling Act 2005 and other legislation.
    • Applications for licences and licence rejections or revocations.
    • Investigations and prosecutions by regulatory bodies.
    • Data protection and privacy matters
    • Claims by individuals for breach of contract (not paying out on winnings) and recovering losses.
    • Defending allegations of money laundering.

    Having someone on your side who quickly gets things done and cares about your future significantly increases the chance of obtaining a successful outcome.  As my client, you can have full confidence that I will focus relentlessly on your case and provide support to you, your employees, and your family throughout what is undoubtedly a stressful process. 

    Very impressed with the professionalism and sensitivity that was clearly demonstrated whilst dealing with my issue.

    Also really appreciative of the honesty and transparency at all times.

    I can honestly say that I felt like I was really heard and had the best fighting my corner.

    You won’t be disappointed with the support , knowledge or commitment from Tanveer

    S.McCarthy

    What is the Social Responsibility Code?

    The Social Responsibility Code is embedded in the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) issued by the Gambling Commission.  It sets out how gambling organisations should interact with customers, stating:

    “Proactively interacting early enough and in the right way, can help someone keep control of their gambling and you will retain them as a customer, instead of them choosing to opt for a self-exclusion or closing their account entirely. In the long term this approach is more sustainable for your business.”

    Gambling businesses must understand and comply with all legislation and codes governing the industry or risk costly investigations and/or prosecutions.  If you are facing a regulatory investigation, I can advise and represent you from the beginning of the process, relentlessly protecting your best interests and commercial reputation.

    What is meant by “self-exclusion”?

    All companies that offer gambling in licensed premises (arcades, bookmakers, bingo halls, and casinos) must be part of a multi-operator self-exclusion scheme.  If a person feels there gambling is getting out of control and damaging their life, they can make a single request to self-exclude from all premises that offer gambling in their area.  To self-exclude from online gambling facilities, a person can register with GAMSTOP.  People can exclude themselves for up to five years.

    Betting operators are required to verify the source of funds a person is gambling with.  If someone using your services is earning an unexceptional salary but are betting thousands of pounds regularly, as an operator, you have a duty to examine the source of the money the person is gambling with.

    If a person has lost a large sum of money, they may seek to claim it back from your business.  Whilst these challenges are hard to win, without an experienced legal team, you risk the matter reaching Court and damaging your reputation.  I will ensure this type of challenge is quickly negated, saving you time, money, and peace of mind.

    If your business is being investigated in relation to non-compliance with gambling regulations you must seek expert legal advice as soon as possible.  I will work tenaciously to close down the investigation quickly and avoid a prosecution being brought.

    If you require legal representation on any aspect of gambling law, please contact me directly at tanveer@tqlegal.co.uk or via my chambers, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square at tanveer@4-5.co.uk.

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