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Richard Williams

Joelson Wilson LLP

Location Manchester and London

About Richard

Richard is an experienced gaming, licensing and regulatory lawyer, who splits his working week between London and Manchester. He is a Solicitor-Advocate, which means that he is authorised to represent licensing clients in the Crown Court. With more than 20 years of experience in the licensing, gambling and regulatory fields, Richard has worked closely with remote and land based gambling clients including casinos, betting shops and online operators. He has a particular interest in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin payments for gambling transactions and in the development of blockchain generally. 

In addition to his gaming work, Richard also 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 also brings national coverage to Joelson’s Licensing Team, appearing regularly before licensing committees in the North of England and Scotland. He also regularly advises on marketing materials including CAP/BCAP codes, ASA rulings and the drafting of promotional and general terms and conditions. 

Chambers & Partners 2015 said the following about Richard: “Richard Williams is a qualified solicitor advocate and regularly represents clients across the country. He attracts praise from sources who note that he is a great licensing lawyer with a strong market presence”

Key areas of expertise: 

  • Alcohol licensing for major national on and off-licence retailers
  • Licensing of pubs, bars and restaurants nationally, including Scotland
  • Taxi licensing
  • Firearms licensing
  • Street trading
  • Planning – particularly change of use
  • Remote and land-based gaming including lotteries, prize competitions, betting and gaming
  • Regulatory work including PACE interviews, food safety, product safety and health and safety advice

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