Gambling constitutes an inherent part of the British cultural landscape, but due to its potential to cause significant detriment it remains controversial. The Gambling Act 2005 liberalised the UK gambling industry and created an environment where commercial gambling, although regulated, can be offered within a relatively free market and stimulated by advertising. The task of the law is to provide a framework where the need for customer choice and the respect for private liberties can be adequately balanced with the duty to protect vulnerable individuals. This discourse discusses the implications of the new regime on the protection of minors and other vulnerable groups. It uniquely combines legal doctrinal analysis with empirical evidence collected from a sample of British school pupils to expose the impact that liberalisation has on them.
Malgorzata Anna Carran