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Niall McCann

Work 020 7580 5721

Work Department

Licensing, Gambling & Regulatory


Niall advises clients in respect of applications pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005 (and associated legislation), together with compliance and regulatory matters. 

He is particularly renowned for handling complex cases with multiple objectors, usually conducting the advocacy himself.


Trained at Joelson; qualified in 2003 and has been a Consultant to the firm since 2019


The Norwich School; University of Leicester (1999 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, London (2000 LPC).


Fine food and wine, watching rugby and skiing.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting

Within: Gaming and betting

Joelson's expertise includes betting, gaming and lotteries law, regulatory matters and licensing, and clients include a wide mix of nightclubs, casinos, lotteries and betting companies. The licensing and gaming practice is jointly headed by Niall McCann and recently promoted partner Richard Williams. The team recently advised Stakers, a remote platform developer and international remote gaming operator, with applications for UK remote betting, casino and software licences; acted for a Malta-based client on an Irish remote bookmaker’s licence; and assisted More Tech Group Limited with an application for a remote betting. Other notable clients include Fitzdares, a high-end members-only online betting platform, and Condor Gaming, a multinational online betting and casino operator.

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Within: Leading individuals

Niall McCann - Joelson

Within: Licensing

Joelson¬†has a strong presence in the alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment fields, advising on the full gamut of license applications including new premises licences, variations to existing licences, reviews and interim authority notices. The practice is praised for being ‚Äėa very good all-round licensing practice covering gambling and alcohol/entertainment work‚Äô. Key figure¬†Niall McCann¬†regularly appears before courts and local authorities in contentious licensing matters; recent highlights include acting for the Dulwich Picture Gallery in respect of an application for a large outside summer pavilion in its grounds. Richard Williams¬†has notable expertise in remote and land-based gambling and cryptocurrency. He recently defended B&M in successfully obtaining highly contested premises licences and also defending health and safety, food safety and product safety prosecutions. Williams also advises on taxi and firearms licensing, and has handled alcohol licensing matters for both national and off-license retailers.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Joelson's 'response times are extremely good and business acumen and industry knowledge are very impressive'. The practice's contentious expertise includes corporate and commercial disputes, professional negligence, shareholder issues, IP matters, insolvency, property claims, and contentious construction. Jo Gregory is 'a stellar partner with incredible client-handling skills'. Other experienced litigators include Niall McCann and Myles Levy.

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