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

The following Local Government practice 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
  • Children and young people
  • Operating licences
  • Personal licences
  • Powers of the Gambling Commission regarding licences
  • Premises licences
  • More...

Gambling law—at-a-glance guide

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.

It is likely that there will be a review of GA 2005 during the course of the next Parliament. While it is not clear at this point the precise scope of amendments, it is generally believed that any change in the law will make gambling more strictly controlled and regulated (for example by restrictions

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