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Practice Summary

Susanna FitzGerald QC specialises in all aspects of Licensing Law including; gambling law, e-commerce internet gambling in the UK and off-shore, Gambling Commission applications and Reviews, lotteries and prize competitions, alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing. She has been closely involved with the development of new legislation involving licensing and gambling law and is recognised by Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Recently she has appeared before the First Tier Tribunal for Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited and Greene King Retailing Limited GA/2014/0001 where she successfully appealed the Gambling Commission’s refusal to grant them bingo operating licences. She subsequently appeared before the Upper Tier Tribunal on the Commission’s Appeal and the Court of Appeal. She also appeared in the high profile Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd v. The Gambling Commission & Ors [2012] EWHC 2391 (Admin), successfully resisting Camelot’s application to review the Gambling Commission’s decision to license the Health Lottery.  She was also heavily involved advising clients on “what constitutes Bingo” because the Gambling Commission had raised the issue and has recently been advising on e-sports.

Susanna is reccomended in;

Chambers & Partners 2018 (Licensing) "Has unique and extensive knowledge of not just the law but also the gambling industry." "She's an icon and has had some very, very high-profile cases. She's the whole package and the consummate performer." 

Legal 500 2017 (Licensing) "The first port of call for any gambling-related licensing issue; a genuine authority."

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 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 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 member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, a Director of the Institute of Licensing and Chairman of Business in Licensing.  She is a Bencher of Inner Temple.

Susanna has recently written an article for the Online Gambling Lawyer 'A rite of passage: Terms and conditions and social responsibility'.  You can view the full article here