Richard is a specialist gambling, licensing and regulatory lawyer with key expertise in remote and land-based gambling. He works with a range of gambling clients from start-ups to multinational gambling operators, including casinos, betting shops, online gambling platforms and software developers. Richard advises on operating licences, the risks of operating in international markets, defending licence reviews, AML and social responsibility and the approval of print and web marketing campaigns.
Another specialisation of Richard’s is liquor licensing, where he acts for pubs, nightclubs, bars, supermarkets and hotel chains nationally (including Scotland). He regularly appears before Licensing Committees and Magistrates’ Courts, and advises on real estate contracts for leisure operators, which are conditional on the grant of licensing and planning.
Richard’s regulatory work involves acting for leisure and retail clients defending health and safety, food safety and product safety prosecutions. He also advises on street trading, taxi and firearms licensing.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Holder of the International Compliance Association “Specialist Certificate in Money Laundering Risk in Betting and Gaming”
Recommended in The Legal 500 2018 for Gambling and Licensing
“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” Chambers & Partners 2015
|2019||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2015 - 2019||Joelson | Partner - Joint-Head of Licensing, Gaming & Regulatory|
|2004 - 2017||Licensing Legal/LR Law | Director/Owner|
|2002 - 2004||Joelson Wilson Solicitors | Solicitor|
|2001 - 2002||Matalan Plc | Solicitor|
|2000 - 2001||New South Wales Fair Trading Tribunal | Solicitor|
|1994 - 2000||Cobbetts LLP | Solicitor|