…Gambling law in many jurisdictions has changed and evolved significantly, but the essential predicament remains the same: staying on top of the hugely varied and constantly changing corpus of law and regulation.
And so my aim in editing this work is to create a guide that enables a lawyer or executive to swiftly and effectively ‘plug in’ to the regulatory and legal structure of a wide range of jurisdictions across the world, and understand in a few pages the legal climate, the likely issues that will arise in doing business in that jurisdiction and the overall legal risk. And above all, to remain regularly updated so as to highlight developments in the foreseeable future. Of course, a book that seeks to cover the law of gambling in 15 jurisdictions can never hope to be a complete answer to many of the questions that will face a business. However, it will hopefully at least point the way and define the parameters of any enquiry. In addition, since its chapters are written by some of the leading lights in gambling law, it also provides an introduction to those individuals and their firms, so that they can no doubt supply a more detailed analysis of particular problems, if called upon.
Clients come in a range of shades, from the generous, loyal and appreciative to the hard-bitten, taxing and sometimes frankly annoying. I am pleased to say, however, that lawyers in the field of gambling are luckier than most. Our clients bring us income, but more importantly they bring us the one thing that makes us feel valued more than anything else – problems to which we have to find solutions. For it is through problems and challenges that the gambling industry has advanced and the law has evolved. Gambling law and regulation remains a fascinating and nuanced field in which gambling operators provide enormous imaginative impetus for change and, for the most part, respect our role in helping them. It is in that spirit that I hope that lawyers and clients alike find this work a useful addition to their shelves.
Carl Rohsler is a solicitor, advocate and partner at the London office of Squire Patton Boggs UK LLP. Head of gambling regulation, he specialises in gambling regulation and intellectual property law. Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s largest global law firms with 45 offices spanning 21 countries. Carl was educated in England and obtained an MA at Merton College, Oxford before law school at Chester College of Law, qualifying as a lawyer in 1995. Carl is the author of a number of works on gambling law and practice including Gambling Act 2005: A Current Law Statute, Current Law Statutes Guide to The National Lotteries Act 2007, and Licensing Law and Practice (2008). Carl is on the editorial board of World Online Gambling Law Report, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Montpellier, France. Carl acts for a number of the leading remote and bricks and mortar gambling organisations in the world, and has been recognised as a leading practitioner by both Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500.
The publisher acknowledges and thanks the following for their learned assistance throughout the preparation of this book: