Firm Profile > Harris Hagan > London, England

Harris Hagan

Gaming and betting Tier 1

Harris Hagan advises on operating licence applications, M&A, due diligence, affiliate marketing and sponsorship agreements. The 'astuteJohn Hagan and the ‘highly experiencedJulian Harris head the practice and specialise in gambling and licensing law, as well as on online and land-based gambling law. The ‘exceptional and creativeBahar Alaeddini advises start-ups, private equity firms and banks on corporate control applications, investor due diligence and the restructuring of group licences. The team was bolstered by the arrival of consultant Hilary Stewart-Jones from DLA Piper in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Julian Harris; John Hagan


The firm has first-class experience and knowledge in this industry

The team understands the issues clients typically face and always provides solutions

The firm pleases with its professionalism and is invested in the client’s success

The firm is technical and energetic, while simultaneously having a deep understanding of the industry

Harris Hagan is the only specialist gambling and leisure law firm in the City of London.

The firm: Harris Hagan has a first-class reputation in the land-based and online gambling industry, with operators, regulators and trade associations, and in liquor and entertainment.  The firm advises many of the world’s leading gambling operators in all areas of online and land-based gambling as well as start-ups, games developers, equipment manufacturers, affiliates, other law firms and investors.  The firm’s knowledge and reputation for integrity is invaluable to clients, in dealings with regulators and governments.  Founded in 2004, Harris Hagan is the only law firm exclusively dedicated to the gambling industry and clients value the firm’s industry focus and depth of expertise.  Ever increasing regulatory requirements combined with ever increasing commercial pressures mean that gambling operators require advisers who understand these challenges inside and out.    The firm achieves solutions to short term regulatory issues, whilst never losing sight of clients’ longer-term reputation and commercial interests. This philosophy has allowed Harris Hagan to grow into the largest dedicated gambling legal and regulatory team in UK private practice.

Types of work undertaken: Harris Hagan advises on all aspects of gambling and licensing law, from a national and international perspective, offering unparalleled legal experience, knowledge and commercial understanding of the industry. The firm aims to provide a full service to the gambling and leisure industry with a level of service which is second to none.

Betting, gaming and lotteries/prize competitions: services encompass the full range of regulatory and traditional licensing work. In addition, the firm provides specialist due diligence in relation to corporate transactions, as well as advising clients on regulatory and legislative changes in the gambling sector and strategic advice on the development and expansion of businesses in the sector. The firm advises remote gambling operators on all the commercial and regulatory aspects of their business, including choice of jurisdiction, advertising, commercial agreements and licensing.

Liquor licensing: services include all aspects of traditional licensing work for casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and bars, strategic advice and specialist due diligence. In acquisitions and disposals the firm advises pre-transaction on key issues regarding licensing and other regulatory issues, including warranties to ensure liquor licensing law compliance.

IP/IT: the firm advises software developers and gaming operators on a broad range of technology matters, including gambling software development, distribution, and licensing agreements and reseller arrangements. The firm also advises on intellectual property issues, including copyright, database rights, design protection and registration, both online and offline.

Commercial: the firm also advises on a full range of contracts underpinning gambling and leisure businesses, including terms and conditions, gaming software developments and licensing, supply of gaming equipment and machines, white-label agreements, distribution and agency agreements, transitional service agreements, back office support agreements, privacy policies, terms of participation and progressive jackpots.

Corporate: services encompass specialist advice to the gambling and leisure sector on strategic business planning, corporate restructuring and offshore restructuring, M&A and private equity/venture capital investments.

Harris Hagan will continue to recruit lawyers who share its industry focus and commitment to client service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Julian Harris
Managing partner John Hagan
Partner Bahar Alaeddini
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss Bahar Alaeddini  photo Miss Bahar Alaeddini Partner
Miss Francesca Burnett-Hall  photo Miss Francesca Burnett-Hall Associate.
Mr John Hagan photo Mr John Hagan Managing partner; represents many of the world’s largest gambling and leisure operators…
Ms Julian Harris photo Ms Julian Harris Senior partner; represents many of the world’s largest gambling and leisure operators…
 Lucy Paterson  photo Lucy Paterson Associate
 Elizabeth Southorn  photo Elizabeth Southorn Advises operators and developers of large multi-leisure sites on all aspects of…
Mrs Hilary Stewart-Jones  photo Mrs Hilary Stewart-Jones Consultant:  She represents a number of international online gaming operators (including social and…
 Jessica Wilson  photo Jessica Wilson Associate
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8