Lovells fails with super-casino challenge

The British Casino Association (BCA) challenge against the Government’s super-casino regulations has failed in court.

Lovells client BCA, which represents the UK casino industry, asked the High Court to order the Secretary of State to review rules applied to new super-casinos, which the body claims gives them an unfair advantage.

Mr Justice Langstaff ruled against the challenge on all counts.

In April The Lawyer reported on Lovells’ role advising the BCA and four gaming companies, Gala, London Clubs, Ritz and Stanley Casinos on the case (4 April). The Lovells team was led by partner Paul Dacam, who instructed Michael Beloff QC of Blackstone Chambers.

The BCA claims that the 17 new super-casinos will be governed by slightly different regulations that allow them to provide a wider range of services compared with existing casinos in the UK.

Lovells associate Charles Brasted told The Lawyer in April that the regulation has been justified by the presumption that super-casinos and existing casinos are not the same type of business.

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