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Practice Summary

Susanna FitzGerald specialises in all aspects of Licensing Law and has been closely involved with the development of new legislation involving licensing and gambling law. 

Susanna is reccomended in;

Chambers & Partners 2017 (Licensing) “Endorsed by peers and clients for her experience with gambling and gaming licensing matters, she often appears in the most significant cases in these areas. She advises offshore platforms and domestic operators.” "She is extremely talented and clearly a leader in the field of gambling licensing. She has excellent understanding of complex gambling legislation and can swiftly reconcile the relevant regulations with the client’s objectives." A gambling guru, who is a pleasure to instruct."

Legal 500 2016 (Licensing) "Commercial but with a strong command of the technical nuances and interpretation of gambling law."

Chambers & Partners 2016 (Licensing) "She offers an excellent service and always strives to do the best for her clients." "Her expertise and knowledge of her subject matter is second to none. She brings a commercial approach to the advice she offers, which is precisely what clients are looking for."

Chambers & Partners 2015 (Licensing"She's got tremendous legal expertise combined with excellent adversarial skills. She's an accomplished advocate." and "takes a very commercial approach, gets on well with the clients and is impressive on her feet."

Chambers & Partners 2014 (Licensing) "I would struggle to think of somebody I would rather go to for gambling advice. She is so well connected within the gambling world that she really does have an extensive knowledge, not just of the law but of the industry itself."

Legal 500 2012 (Licensing) quote Susanna's "knowledge and experience of the gambling and alcohol sectors are second to none."

Susanna has contributed numerous articles on the subject to the "Licensing Review" and the "Solicitors Journal". She is a regular contributor to Legal and Industry Conferences and is a non-executive director of Business in Sport and Leisure. She is a contributing editor to "The Law of Gambling" by Smith and Monkcom, 4th edition, and to Halsburys Laws Vol 4(1) Reissue. 4th Edition 2002 Reissue. She is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, a Director of the Institute of Licensing and a Trustee of Gamcare.  She is a Bencher of Inner Temple.

More recently, in Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd v. The Gambling Commission & Ors [2012] EWHC 2391 (Admin), Susanna successfully resisted Camelot’s application to review the Gambling Commission’s decision to licence the Health Lottery.  The case involved issues of regulatory discretion, statutory interpretation and delay in bringing claims for judicial review. The Court rejected each of Camelot’s submissions and held that it had no real prospect of successfully challenging the Gambling Commission’s decision.