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Harris Hagan specialises in online licensing and regulatory matters. The team combines ‘pragmatic, sound and commercially sensible solutions’ with ‘unmatched industry knowledge, networks and relationships’. Founding partners Julian Harris and John Hagan lead the practice, and Bahar Alaeddini is a ‘rising star’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP has broadened its capabilities through recent hires including Nick Nocton from Jeffrey Green Russell, who made partner when he joined in late 2015. Susan Breen leads the ‘helpful’ team.

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Olswang LLP has an international, full-service gambling practice as well as expertise in the increasingly busy remote gaming sector. The firm advised Gamesys on its £425m sale of Jackpotjoy to Intertain Group. ‘Well-known guru’ David Zeffman heads the group, which includes the ‘impressive’ Stephen Hignett.

Carl Rohsler’s gaming practice at Squire Patton Boggs provides international gambling regulatory advice and also remains atop the UK market with a flow of lottery-focused work. Clients include Health Lottery and STV Group.

Wiggin LLP is regarded as a new heavyweight in the gaming landscape, following Stephen Ketteley’s arrival from DLA Piper. The practice looks to increase its work in digital gaming and has vastly expanded its client base following Ketteley’s arrival. David McLeish also joined from an in-house position at Playtech.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has a comprehensive and ‘highly effective’ gambling practice, with experience in litigation, licensing issues and compliance advice as well as expertise in online and land-based gaming matters. Alex Latner, Jeremy Bark and Craig Baylis are recommended for their ‘down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach’.

Led by the ‘skilled and very pragmatic’ Hilary Stewart-Jones, the team at DLA Piper continues to handle ‘extremely complex and sensitive work’. Work highlights included advising Paysafe Group on gambling regulatory issues surrounding its acquisition of Skrill. Former department head Stephen Ketteley left for Wiggin LLP.

Gordon Dadds makes its way onto the gambling scene with the integration of almost the entire Jeffrey Green Russell gaming group. The combined alcohol, gaming and betting, and licensing team is led by Andrew Cotton. Alex Ktorides, Gareth Hughes and consultant Tony Coles are also recommended.

Joelson’s presence in the gambling market is fast growing following a merger with LR Law. Niall McCann’s combined licensing and gambling department now includes solicitor advocate Richard Williams.

Working alongside department head Warren Phelops, the ‘knowledgeable and thoroughly pragmatic’ Andrew Danson is a key name for K&L Gates LLP in the gaming sector. The group specialises in co-ordinating international gambling advice and advising on large commercial contracts. Danson’s clients include William Hill and Nektan.

Peter Wilson Legal LLP’s ‘greatly respected’ team, while small, has a ‘substantial impact’ on the marketplace. Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson ‘listen and get to the heart of issues quickly’. The firm is instructed by clients such as Sportradar and is currently assisting BACTA with an enforcement system for self-exclusion agreements.

Diane Mullenex heads the practice at Pinsent Masons LLP, which displays ‘impressive knowledge of international matters’. The team handles land-based matters for clients such as Aspers and Diageo.

Grant Gordon’s practice at Fladgate LLP is part of a larger team that provides IT, IP and M&A expertise.

Tom Usher leads the practice at King & Wood Mallesons, which includes Jeremy Schrire. The team advised Ladbrokes on its highly publicised proposed merger with Gala Coral’s gaming and betting business.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘pragmatic’ group at Taylor Wessing LLP continues to act for some of the industry leaders in electronic gaming such as Bwin.party and Odobo. GTECH is a new client. Neil Hawley and Graham Hann head the practice.

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