Before joining Harris Hagan in September 2019, David worked in-house at a large land-based casino operator and as General Counsel for an online operator, gaining first-hand experience of both sectors and the commercial needs of operators. Prior to moving in-house, David trained and worked at the Gambling Commission for nine years in both the enforcement and legal departments. This provided him with a unique insight into the regulatory framework in Great Britain.
Specialising in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law, David advises land-based and online gambling businesses (B2C and B2B), as well as many start-ups. He advises on legal classification, non-remote and remote licence applications, personal applications, advertising requirements, terms and conditions, data protection, general compliance and reporting requirements, compliance assessments, regulatory investigations, corporate evaluations, operating and personal licence reviews, and developing associated remedial compliance programmes and action plans.
In his spare time, David enjoys rugby (RFU accredited coach), cycling, most other sports, theatre and the occasional casino visit.
University of Warwick, 2014
Law Society of England & Wales, 2016
Associate to watch, Chambers UK 2023
Key Lawyer, The Legal 500 2023
Key Lawyer, The Legal 500 2022
Key Lawyer, The Legal 500 2021
“David Whyte brings not only technical excellence to the firm but, importantly, an excellent understanding of the regulatory environment. His wider experience provides an invaluable contribution to strategic discussions.” Chambers UK 2023
“He gives detailed and actionable advice, and makes it easy for us to understand complex regulations. He also has inside knowledge of how the UK Gambling Commission works.” Chambers UK 2023
“David Whyte is experienced from his background at the UK Gambling Commission and is also a pleasure to work with.” The Legal 500 2021
International Association of Gaming Advisors