Over the last few years, prize competitions have become increasingly popular with prizes varying from houses to holidays, technology products, cars and alcohol.

Whilst some competitions operate legally, we have found that many organisers fall foul of the law through a lack of appreciation of the law that separates prize competitions from lotteries and other gambling activities.  The prevalence of sites on the internet that appear to be legitimate – but are not – presents a risk for anyone establishing a competition if they attempt to copy the terms and conditions or the way that such sites are operated.

Most ‘gambling’ activities require some form of licence or permit but prize competitions can be exempted providing that the legal requirements are met.

seek expert legal assistance first. Our lawyers have expertise in his area, having been involved in many competitions, and can advise on how to undertake the competition within the law.

We are able to draft terms and conditions, review any publicity material, draft letters of compliance for payment gateway providers or social media sites, audit entries and supervise the draw.

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