Gambling – Online Casinos
The marriage between gambling, the internet and modern technology has led to the explosion of online casinos. It continues to be a fast developing activity in the EU, both in terms of supply and demand. And with it comes a myriad of legal and regulatory issues, whether online casinos, online poker or sports books.
The recently implemented Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act 2014 introduced significantly tighter controls over online casinos and other online gaming operators. The specialist gambling solicitors at Selachii are highly experienced in advising clients both in the UK and abroad on online casinos and gaming issues, and how the new law affects them.
As well as stricter controls, the international, cross-border nature of online casinos means that where issues arise, important jurisdictional matters must be taken into account when working out a solution.
The specialist online casino solicitors at Selachii have years of experience, together with the right contacts and inside industry knowledge, to give clients strategic advice on the legal issues they have in relation to online casinos. Whether you are an online casino operator, a software developer, or a customer with a dispute – we can assist.
Matters we advise and assist on:
Making or renewing licence applications
Making or renewing licence applications: all online gambling operators must be regulated under the Gambling Act. We conduct the groundwork to your application, explaining the requirements and procedures so you know what’s happening. Where your needs require, we liaise with gaming lawyers in other jurisdictions to ensure a smooth process.
Regulatory: we advise on the regulatory requirements and legal necessities. If, for instance, you are a start-up company entering the online casino market, we will guide you through the regulatory process to ensure your company is compliant.
General commercial: clients in the online gaming sector have wide-ranging commercial needs. Our commercial solicitors provide online casino clients with the full range of commercial services, whether it concerns software or other commercial agreements, e-commerce contracts, internet law, premium-rate services, intellectual property, private and data protection issues.
Levies: a flat rate point of consumption tax of 15% on gross profits is imposed on many operators offering online gambling in the UK. We will advise if this applies to your operation.
Advertising: you must have a Remote Gaming Permit from the UK’s Gambling Commission to advertise an online casino site in the UK.
Disputes: unhappy casino customers may seek to take legal action if, for instance, they have not been paid for some reason. Our online casino solicitors work in partnership with our dispute resolution solicitors to ensure you have seamless advice and representation in relation to your dispute. We will try to settle your dispute before going down the avenue of potentially costly litigation. Whether you are an individual or an operator in a dispute involving an online casino, we are available to provide expert advice and representation.
How Selachii Can Help
Selachii is a dynamic litigation law firm based in Kensington, London. Our litigation and dispute resolution team is highly experienced in debt recovery, including High Court action to obtain judgments and recover debts. We put the best interests of our clients at the heart of everything we do. We work with both businesses and private individuals, giving them legal advice and support which is unique to them and their situation.
We don’t believe in simply handing out one-size-fits-all solutions to problems. We will focus on your specific circumstances before working out the best and most cost-effective way of helping you achieve your aims.