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Book review: Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration

Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration; Philip Kolvin (ed.), Institute of Licensing, 2007, £49, ISBN 978-0-9555392-0-6

27 July 2007

This publication follows on from Kolvin’s excellent volume on the Licensing Act 2003 (Licensed Premises: Law and Practice) and will be warmly welcomed by licensing practitioners. Unlike the 2003 Act, which generated some half dozen volumes, this is the first book on the 2005 Act (aside, of course, from Paterson’s Licensing Acts which is in a different price range). While the title defines the book as gambling for local authorities it will be of use to all of those called upon to work with the new legislation (although remote gambling is not covered). Indeed, while parts, such as the section on ‘responsibilities of committee members’ might be of particular interest to local authorities, they are also helpful to applicants; and the ‘legality and enforceability of gambling contracts’ section is probably of more interest to contract lawyers and operators than to local authorities.

The Gambling Act 2005, which comes into force on 1 September 2007, contains a new regulat...

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