Hilary Stewart-Jones > Harris Hagan > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Harris Hagan

Work Department

Gambling and Leisure.


Hilary is a consultant and advises many of the world’s largest land-based and online gambling businesses (B2C and B2B), as well as many start-ups, investors and leading law firms.  Bahar has extensive gambling legal, regulatory and licensing experience advising on legal classification, non-remote and remote operating licence applications, premises licensing, personal applications, change of corporate control applications, transaction due diligence, corporate investments and transactions, complex group restructuring and the rationalisation of group licences.  She also has extensive compliance and enforcement experience advising on 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.

Hilary is a frequent conference speaker and contributor to industry publications; she is a contributing editor to the ICLG to Gambling since 2014, and contributor to Smith and Monkcom: The Law of Gambling (Fourth Edition).  She has also drafted gambling legislation (secondary and primary) for the Isle of Man and Curacao.

Hilary is recognised by The Legal 500 as probably the most predominant lawyer in the gambling and i-gaming space.”  Another source adds: “She cares deeply and will fight hard for her clients.” 


Head of Legal, Ladbrokes Group Plc, 1995-2000.  Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner, 2000-2011.  Partner, DLA Piper, 2011-2018.  Joined Harris Hagan, 2018.

Hilary joined Harris Hagan in May 2018 from DLA Piper where she was co-head of the gambling practice and partner from September 2011 to 2013 when she became a consultant. Hilary has worked both in-house and in private practice for the gambling and leisure industry since 1995, returning to private practice in 2000 as a Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.


International Masters of Gaming Law.


Queen Mary College, 1982. Kings, UCL, LSE and Queen Mary College (LLM)


Leisure interests include reading and going to the theatre and ballet

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting

A specialist licencing and regulatory firm, Harris Hagan is described as ‘without a doubt, the premier gaming and betting practice in the UK’. The practice is led by Julian Harris and John Hagan  – the duo are ‘acknowledged leading practitioners in this field’ and have impressive experience of advising some of the most significant land-based and online gambling clients on licence applications, compliance issues and commission investigations. Bahar Alaeddini advises numerous start-ups, and is frequently instructed by other leading law firms, private equity firms and large banks to provide specialist licencing and regulatory expertise in respect of corporate investments and transactions. Alongside regulatory work, the team also provides training in relation to anti-money laundering, social responsibility and gambling advertising. The team also includes former DLA Piper gambling co-head Hilary Stewart-Jones, who joined as a consultant in 2018.