Gambling law—at-a-glance guide
Produced in partnership with Carl Rohsler of Memery Crystal
Gambling law—at-a-glance guide

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Carl Rohsler of Memery Crystal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Gambling law—at-a-glance guide
  • Gambling activities
  • Key terms
  • Non-gambling activities
  • International gambling
  • The major building blocks of GA 2005
  • Children and young people
  • Operating licences
  • Personal licences
  • Powers of the Gambling Commission regarding licences
  • more

This guide to gambling law outlines the legal issues most pertinent to the gambling industry, and is designed for general commercial lawyers looking to familiarise themselves with betting and gaming law generally and the current hot topics affecting the sector. It covers the legal treatment of betting, gaming and lotteries activities, the Gambling Act 2005 (GA 2005), non-gambling activities and international gambling.

Gambling activities

In the UK, certain forms of entertainment are considered to warrant legal control as a form of gambling. Three basic types can be distinguished—betting, gaming and lotteries. The term 'gambling' covers all three.

The current legislation is contained primarily in GA 2005. This major piece of reforming legislation swept away a complex and historical system that had evolved organically for more than 200 years, reflecting changing attitudes to gambling. GA 2005 governs all forms of gambling except the National Lottery and forms of betting which are controlled as financial products. There are more than 70 pieces of subordinate legislation which have been created since GA 2005 was passed.

Key terms

Betting, gaming and lotteries are each terms defined in the GA 2005. The definitions are complex but, as a summary:

  1. betting is generally described as the hazarding of value on a future uncertain event or a past event the result of which is not generally known.