Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling)
Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown
Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling)

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling)
  • Appealing a decision of the Gambling Commission
  • First-tier Tribunal procedure
  • Powers of the First-tier Tribunal
  • Appeal from the First-tier Tribunal
  • Appeal from the Upper Tribunal

Appealing a decision of the Gambling Commission

Appeals against Gambling Commission decisions are made to the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling) (the Tribunal). The Tribunal was established in 2008 and is administered by HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Appeals are usually heard by a single judge.

The Gambling Commission administers operating licences issued to companies and personal licences issued to individuals. All applicants or licence holders have a right of appeal to the Tribunal if they disagree with a decision of the Commission in respect of a licence. For more information, see Practice Note: The Gambling Commission—compliance and enforcement powers.

The Tribunal's jurisdiction is defined by the Gambling Act 2005 (GA 2005) and the statutory framework within which it operates is provided by both the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009, SI 2009/1976 (as amended) and the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling) Fees (Amendment) Order 2010, SI 2010/633.

Organisations and individuals can appeal to the Tribunal against a decision of the Commission. Any party wishing to appeal against the Commission's decision needs to complete a Notice of Appeal form and deliver it to the Tribunal within 28 days of the date upon which the decision was sent to them.

An appeal is deemed to be 'out of time' if it is not made within the 28-day period. If an appeal is made outside of