|The Gambling Review Report, which recommended the complete Legalization and regulation of online gaming in Britain, has received warm reviews from top British lawyers. Steven Philippsohn, speaking for the London based firm of Phillippsohn Crawfords Berwald said “The report recommends that online gambling sites be licensed if they are operated by a company registered in Great Britain and it the site’s server and Web address are based in Great Britain.” He went on to describe online gambling as “The most interesting area covered in the report.”|
Phillippsohn also stressed the issue of consumer protection outlined in the report saying, “By legalizing online Gambling and regulating, the gambler is encouraged to use onshore sites and consequently the gambler is protected both by regulations and the greater come back he may have through the use of civil remedies.”
London law firm Pinsent Curtis Biddle also issued comments on the review and stated in their commentary of the report that, “We have long advocated that online gaming should be legalized and regulated.
John Harris and John Hagan of Pinsent Curtis Biddle said that they hoped the implementation of the report “Will give Great Britain the opportunity to establish itself as the leading online gaming jurisdiction in the world.”
The implementation of the review’s recommendations is now the only remaining question, and with no timetable for action the question is how and when.
Phillipson, Harris and Hagan remain confident that recommendations will go through, despite the lack of a timescale. Phillipson said of the difficulties faced by the review that, “It is clear that particularly where online gambling is concerned, a great deal of work needs to be undertaken to formulate guidelines and software to deal with recommendations. The overhaul is substantial and already faces opposition from charities and religious organizations.”
Harris and Hagan remained quietly optimistic about the report saying, “We do not believe that this Report will be shelved. Equally, we would not expect it to be implemented wholesale, not least because some concessions are likely to be won by the lobby for further restrictions.”