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Richard Williams

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Licensing and Gaming.


Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in the gambling, licensing and regulatory fields.

He advises UK and international operators on gambling licensing, licence reviews, change of corporate control, advertising and social responsibility.  Richard also regularly advises on marketing materials including CAP/BCAP codes, ASA rulings and the drafting of promotional and general terms and conditions.  He is currently involved in a significant Judicial Review relating to GB gambling legislation. 

Richard has a particular interest in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin payments for gambling transactions and in the development of blockchain generally.  He is a regular speaker at eSummits in Gibraltar, Isle of Man and in London on topics such as consumer protection, social responsibility, terms and conditions and AML. 

He holds the ICA Specialist Certificate in Money Laundering Risk in Betting & Gaming, CAP Certificate in Responsible Gambling Advertising and is qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate.

In addition to his gambling work, Richard specialises in liquor licensing, health and safety, product safety and food safety prosecutions and other regulatory work, including taxis, firearms and sexual entertainment venues.

Richard brings national coverage to Joelson’s Licensing Team, appearing regularly before licensing committees in the North of England and Scotland.



Richard joined Joelson in 2015 and was made a Partner in April 2017.


Bolton School; Newcastle University (LLB Law); College of Law (LPC)


Skiing, fishing, walking and the outdoors.

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: 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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