Lovells hits jackpot for old casinos

Lovells has scooped a big win in advising the British Casinos Association (BCA) on the hearing against the Government’s rules surrounding the new super-casinos.

The firm is advising the BCA as well as four other gaming companies, Gala, Ritz, London Clubs and Stanley Casinos, which will ask the High Court to order the Secretary of State to review new rules that they claim give an unfair advantage to the new establishments.

The Lovells team is led by partner Paul Dacam with assistance from associate Charles Brasted. The firm instructed Michael Beloff QC of Blackstone Chambers.

Brasted commented: “Our clients’ case is that grandfathering arrangements allows existing casinos to be treated differently from new casinos. The rules essentially tilt the playing field in favour of the new casinos.”

The rules mean that new establishments will be able to provide bingo, sports betting and to operate bigger slot machines than the older casinos.

Brasted said: “The concern is that companies which are the same type of business aren’t being treated in the same way. The regulation has been justified by the belief that they’re not the same. This presumption is false.”

Lovells was recommended to the BCA by another firm that the association usually instructs as its legal adviser.

Brasted said: “We started working on this at very short notice. Instead of having three months to work on the claims, we had one. It’s been a busy but very interesting week.”

The Treasury Solictor’s office instructed Mark Hoskins and Mayer Lester of Brick Court Chambers on behalf of the Secretary of State.