UK-based law firm Wiggin has poached Playtech's UK head of legal Simon Bernholt to strengthen its position as a key service provider to the gambling market.

Bernholt, who joins Wiggin as a partner, moves back into private practice following five years with the London-listed gaming solutions giant.

Previously he spent seven years as an associate with Olswang, focused on commercial and regulatory law and specialising in the gambling sector.

He has advised on a full range of issues facing gambling industry stakeholders, such as commercial, intellectual property, as well as domestic and international regulatory issues.

As part of Wiggin's betting and gaming team, he will work with another former Playtech executive in David McLeish, who joined the firm in 2016 alongside Stephen Ketteley, who leads the team alongside Jason Chess.

"Wiggin has built one of the largest teams of gambling sector-focused legal advisers in the world," Ketteley said. "Simon will add further kudos to our premier-ranked team. His experience will provide immeasurable benefits to clients as he has a full understanding of the constraints and pressures put upon global in-house legal teams.

"As a wave of consolidation sweeps through the sector and as the industry comes under ever-increasing political and regulatory scrutiny," Ketteley continued. "We are delighted to have Simon aboard to help our client base navigate the complex challenges ahead."

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