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Harris Hagan

Gaming & Licensing

5 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Harris Hagan is a specialist licensing firm highly regarded for its gaming expertise. The firm is primarily known for licensing and regulatory work on behalf of both land-based and online gambling operators. The firm displays further prowess advising financial institutions on their corporate operations in the gaming sector.


A client reports: "The firm is highly skilled, supremely well informed about the sector, always responsive, and has the consummate ability to translate regulation into effective advice, offering a comprehensive service to clients."

Another client states: "It is a highly professional firm with talented partners and associates - they would be my first point of call for any legal matters relating to gambling."

Work highlights

Assisted both domestic and international gambling businesses with applications to the Gambling Commission for remote and non-remote operating licences.

Notable practitioners

Bahar Alaeddini is noted for her adept handling of regulatory matters concerning online and land-based gambling. Her practice also encompasses corporate, licensing and compliance mandates.
"She offers extensive experience and excellent client communication." "Bahar Alaeddini is very pragmatic, very straightforward and does not pull any punches."

Francesca Burnett-Hall 's practice spans a broad range of online and land-based gambling matters. She acts for a diverse range of clients, frequently advising on licence reviews and applications.
"She is diligent and has consummate attention to detail."

Hilary Stewart-Jones has a wealth of experience advising on cross-border transactional and regulatory matters. She has a particular specialism in the gambling sector, with her clients including online operators.
"Hilary Stewart-Jones is a legal technician with a real business mind, which means her advice is really practical and useful.""She has been a force in the industry for a long time."

John Hagan is a notable figure in the industry, recognised for his expertise in corporate, regulatory and licensing matters concerning online and land-based gambling. He counts a number of key names in the gaming industry among his clients, with additional experience advising start-ups and investors.
"My experience with John Hagan has been fantastic; he provided excellent guidance for the team and helped us to put in place processes that are among the best in the industry. He clearly knows the regulations, expectation and processes and can clearly communicate the requirements.""He is one of the best: a tremendous lawyer with an impressive knowledge of regulation."

Julian Harris has enviable expertise handling matters for gambling companies and casinos both domestically and abroad. His practice includes advising on change of corporate control, premises and remote operating licence applications, among other matters.
"He is above anyone else in terms of knowledge."

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Harris Hagan has the largest dedicated gambling legal and regulatory team in the UK.  The firm has been consistently top ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 since it was established in 2004.  We also won the prestigious Gambling Compliance “Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year” Award in 2017 and 2019.  We understand not only the law associated with betting, gaming and lotteries, but the businesses behind it.

We anticipate our clients’ compliance needs and provide pragmatic, commercial advice informed by a deep understanding of the industry and the legal, political and regulatory environment.

We are embedded in the gambling industry and gain invaluable insight from our strong relationships with international regulators and law firms, private equity firms and other investors, senior executives, trade associations, problem gambling charities and the media. It is this knowledge, understanding and expansive professional network which sets us apart from our competitors when it comes to advising our clients.

Advising leading gambling operators and suppliers on gambling regulation and compliance is what we do all day, every day. 

The firm has unprecedented licensing experience having made an unparalleled number of licence applications over many years for land-based and online clients.  The firm is noted for its pre-eminence in advising on highly complex regulatory issues, including compliance and enforcement investigations and regulatory settlements. 

Gaming & Licensing

Harris Hagan


6 Snow Hill


Greater London



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Bahar Alaeddini
Band 2
Francesca Burnett-Hall
Associates to watch
Hilary Stewart-Jones
Senior Statespeople
Julian Harris
Band 1