‘Mayfair casino Aspinall’s has succeeded in a claim against a high rolling gambler who maintained that his £590,000 losses were unenforceable because he had been drunk when he placed his bets. In Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Lester Hui, Mr Justice Cotter lamented that the 10-day hearing had been “beset with difficulties” including unsatisfactory disclosure and a trial bundle containing “well over 1,500 pages”.’
Law Society's Gazette, 8th August 2023
‘A legal secretary who stole nearly £79,000 from vulnerable clients and spent it on shopping sprees has been jailed for two and a half years.’
BBC News, 28th January 2016
Gambling cheque defence might be valid
Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat
Court of Appeal
“A gambling debt which was recoverable when it was incurred, could later become irrecoverable if the gaming club had extended credit to a member contrary to law; that unlawful provision of credit rendered the member’s liabilities on both a dishonoured cheque and the underlying loan illegal and unenforceable.”
The Times, 31st October 2007
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Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat  EWCA Civ 1001
“A gambling debt which was recoverable at the time it was incurred could later become irrecoverable by the subsequent provision by the gaming club of unlawful credit to the member, which rendered the member’s liabilities on both the dishonoured cheque and the underlying loan illegal and unenforceable under s 16 of the Gaming Act 1968.”
WLR Daily, 22nd October 2007
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