Harris Hagan

Julian Harris

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Harris Hagan is the only specialist gambling and leisure firm in the City of London. The firm has an international reputation as trusted advisors to many of the world’s largest gambling and leisure operators in all areas of land-based and online gambling, liquor and entertainment. The firm is frequently instructed by other leading City and overseas law firms and private equity firms, to provide specialist gambling and leisure expertise in relation to corporate transactions. The firm’s outstanding reputation in this specialist market has been founded on unparalleled legal experience, knowledge and an in-depth commercial understanding of the industry. Its ability to provide a full service to the industry, together with its first-class track record, has been evidenced by the acquisition of major new international clients and the firm has been instructed on a number of important cross-border corporate and commercial transactions. In addition, Harris Hagan has advised overseas regulatory authorities and governments on the regulation of gambling and assisted with draft legislation. The firm undertakes licensing and regulatory work for casinos, online gambling operators, betting shops, hotels, restaurants and bars. In particular, the firm is noted for its pre-eminence in advising on highly complex regulatory issues. Harris Hagan is committed to the continuous development of its core gambling and liquor practices whilst remaining at the forefront of advances in the leisure industry. In doing so, it has acquired some notable and fast maturing technology clients, particularly in the online gambling sector. The firm also advises on a wide range of commercial contracts, including terms and conditions, software development and licensing agreements, gaming equipment and machine supply agreements, white label agreements, back office support agreements, transitional services arrangements, privacy policies and terms of participation.

Professional Memberships

Counselor and past President of International Association of Gaming Advisors; European Forum for the Study of Gambling; Advisory Board of Global Gaming Expo, Las Vegas.


Articled at Beachcrofts. Qualified 1980; Partner Gregory, Rowcliffe & Co 1983-86; Nicholson Graham Jones 1986-88; Shoosmiths 1988-1993. Pinsents (then Biddle), 1993-2004. Founded specialist gambling and leisure practice, Harris Hagan, in May 2004.


Editor of "Gaming Law" in the Thomson Reuter European Law Reference Series. Harris Hagan has published numerous guides to aspects of gambling law, and at every stage throughout the process leading to the Gambling Act 2005. Regular contributor to industry and specialist legal publications, and broadcaster.


Born in 1955, in Rushden, Northamptonshire. Educated at Wellingborough School (1963-1973), Magdalene College, Cambridge (1974-77). Leisure interests include vintage cars, vintage wines, photography and shooting.