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Gambling

The gambling sector in Australia faces increasing regulatory challenges. This includes legislation mandating pre-commitment for poker machines with increasing degrees of regulation for on-line gambling including wagering.

 

 

The Addisons team advises businesses within the gambling sector on all aspects of gambling law and regulation. This includes advice on business strategies for international projects, both in-bound into Australia as well as out-bound to international markets. Our clients in this area include gaming machine manufacturers, wagering operators, casino operators and other gambling service providers, whether online or land based, as well as gambling industry associations and other local and international gambling industry participants.


Jamie Nettleton is the partner who leads our gambling law team. Jamie is widely recognised as the leading expert in Australia in gambling regulation.

 

Among the positions Jamie holds within the industry are:
 

  • Secretary of the International Masters of Gaming Law

  • Chair of the Internet Industry Association Gambling Task Force

  • Senior Fellow of Melbourne University and presenter on "Gambling Law and Policy" as part of the Masters Degree at Melbourne University

  • Editor World Online Gambling Report Gambling Law and Regulation

 

Jamie is joined in the Gambling Law Team by Samuel Gauci. Sam has recently migrated to Australia from Malta where he was a practising solicitor for over 12 years. Having worked for the Malta Gaming Authority and in private practice in Malta, Sam has gained invaluable experience across many aspects of gambling law.


Also working on gambling law matters are solicitors Shanna Protic Dib and Joseph Abi-Hanna.  Shanna has been with the Addisons Gambling Law Team for over two years and has had in-house experience in a leading entertainment company. Shanna’s work has focussed on various key probity investigations involving international investors, advising on advertising matters and more recently, advising on the legal and regulatory framework for new technologies in gambling. Joe joined the Gambling Law Team on a full-time basis after nearly 3 years with Addisons, completing the Graduate Programme and a clerkship.  During his time at Addisons, he has focussed on sports integrity issues, interactive gambling and probity and licensing matters.

 

Services include:
 

  • regulatory issues and establishment of gambling business in many jurisdictions

  • discussions with regulators concerning new licences, change of control and potential breaches

  • commercial arrangements relating to gambling operations and other commercial transactions in Australia and internationally

  • protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Australia and overseas

  • reviewing race fields obligations for wagering operators

 

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