Judicial Review win for Betfair

Betfair, the online casino operator and betting exchange in the UK announces the national Court of Appeal is undisputed in finding favor in regards to a judicial review started by William Hill regarding a prior High Court of Justice Ruling.  The original activity in September 2011 instigated by William Hill was hoped to subject Betfair customers and other betting exchange operators to Horserace Betting Levy payment which is a counter to prior consultations taken by the Board of Horserace Betting Levy. 

Betfair has since then won this case.  Martin Cruddance, Corporate and Legal Affairs Director for the London-based operator refer to this as a legal challenge that was poorly advised in High Court of Justice before the appeal of William Hill last summer.  Cruddance is reported to say that they are happy that their argument has won an uncontested ruling in the Court of Appeal giving them clarity that winning customers are welcome at Betfair.

William Hill will not be appealing this most recent decision and will be paying half of Betfair’s legal costs for having to defend the original decision with 25 percent of expenses from the original hearing.  Cruddance is reported to say that it is sensible that William Hill has not sought leave to appeal this ruling.  He also states that it is unfortunate that these great costs have been incurred by the Horserace Betting Levy Board by defending William Hill’s legislation and having a great impact on the prize money.  William Hill is remaining the largest non-levy-paying bookmaker in Great Britain.

May 8, 2013 by : posted in Gambling News No Comments