Julian Harris

Julian Harris

Gambling

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Recognised as a leading expert in national and international gambling and licensing law, Julian Harris is highly regarded both by operators and regulators throughout the world. He and John Hagan are the founding partners of Harris Hagan, the first and only UK law firm specialising exclusively in legal services to the gambling and leisure industries. He, John and other members of the firm have been at the forefront of those advising UK and international operators alike on the opportunities presented by the UK Government’s major reform of gambling law.

With over 30 years experience of gambling law, Julian has advised some of the world’s largest gaming and entertainment industry corporations. He and his team have also advised governments, trade associations and private equity houses in both online and land-based gaming. Julian came to specialise in this area representing the Gaming Board for Great Britain (the then UK regulator) for five years early in his career.

Julian is an experienced advocate, a respected and sought after conference speaker and the author of numerous articles and papers for gaming and legal publications and the national press. Julian was recently selected by Thomson Reuters as General Editor of the first edition of Gaming Law in the European Lawyer Reference Series, and, with John Hagan, co-authored the chapter on the UK. He is recommended in all guides to the legal profession and has been described by Chambers UK as “the best gaming lawyer in London”. Julian is the immediate past President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

 John Hagan

John Hagan

Gambling

hagan@harrishagan.com

020 7002 7636

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Specialising in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law, John is recognised by the independent guides as a leading gambling lawyer and is described as “popular with clients because of the lengths to which he goes to understand their specific needs”.

John qualified in 1993, practising as a commercial litigator before specialising in gambling law from 1998. He has advised many of the world’s largest gambling operators as well as governments and trade associations. He is frequently instructed by other leading law firms, private equity firms and banks to provide specialist licensing and regulatory expertise in respect of corporate investments and transactions.

An experienced advocate, a frequent and respected conference speaker and a regular contributor of articles to national and international gaming publications. John is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, International Masters of Gaming Law and is the Deputy Chairman of GamCare, the leading problem gambling charity in the UK.

John read law at University College Dublin and his personal interests include golf, rugby, football and chess.

 Bahar Alaeddini

Bahar Alaeddini

Gambling

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Bahar is a partner in the gambling law team. After graduating from King’s College London in 2007, Bahar trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 2008. She went on to work on the Turks and Caicos Islands public inquiry with the Rt Hon Sir Robin Auld (Lord Justice of Appeal 1995-2007 and a member of the Privy Council 1995-present), investigating allegations of government corruption, which resulted in the territory’s Cabinet and Constitution being suspended, resulting in direct rule from Westminster.

Before joining Harris Hagan, Bahar worked for two years in the fitness to practise department of the Health and Care Professions Council in London, investigating and presenting disciplinary cases against health professionals before the HCPC’s various statutory committees. She has also taught criminology and human rights to undergraduate law students.

Bahar joined Harris Hagan in April 2012 after cross-qualifying as a solicitor and deals with all aspects of gambling law including advising major casino operators, online betting and gaming operators and start up companies. She has advised on establishing operations in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions, on issues relating to advertising in the UK, on lotteries and prize competitions, regulatory requirements from a gambling law perspective, change of corporate control applications, freedom of information requests and due diligence on the licensing aspects of corporate acquisitions. Bahar regularly advises clients on making operating licence applications in the UK and betting and gaming premises applications to licensing authorities as well as advising clients on regulatory reviews of personal and operating licences. She also regularly contributes to gambling law and industry publications.

In her spare time, Bahar enjoys scuba diving, travelling and yoga.

Hilary Stewart-Jones

Hilary Stewart-Jones

Gambling

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Hilary is a Consultant at Harris Hagan. She represents a number of international online gaming operators (including social and esports) as well as land-based operators. Her knowledge extends to key suppliers, such as software and payments providers. She has worked both in house and in private practice for the gambling and leisure industry since 1995. 
 
Hilary is a frequent contributor of articles to leading specialist publications aimed at the gambling industry; regular chairman/speaker at conferences and seminars on gambling law and related supplies; 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 a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law
 
Hilary studied law at St Cyres, Queen Mary College (LLB) Kings, UCL, LSE and Queen Mary College (LLM) and her personal interests are reading, theatre and ballet.
David Whyte

David Whyte

Gambling

whyte@harrishagan.com

020 7002 7671

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David is a Senior Associate in the gambling law team and read law at the University of Warwick. Before joining Harris Hagan in September 2019, David worked in-house at a large land-based casino operator and as General Counsel for an online operator, gaining first-hand experience of both sectors, and the commercial needs of operators. Prior to moving in-house, David trained and worked at the Gambling Commission for 9 years in both the enforcement and legal departments. This provided him with a unique insight into the regulatory framework in Great Britain.

David advises on all aspects of gambling law including advising major casino operators, online betting and gaming operators and start-up companies. He has advised on legal classification advice, licence applications, advertising in the UK, terms and conditions, data protection , as well as advising clients on investigations and regulatory reviews of personal and operating licences.

David is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and his personal interests are rugby (RFU accredited coach), cycling, most other sports, theatre and the occasional casino visit.

 Francesca Burnett-Hall

Francesca Burnett-Hall

Liquor/Entertainment & Gambling

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Francesca is an Associate in the liquor and entertainment and gambling teams. After obtaining a degree in psychology, Francesca completed her postgraduate qualifications in law. She joined Harris Hagan shortly after start-up in 2004.

Francesca advises clients on all aspects of liquor and entertainment licensing law, including preparing and submitting applications in relation to premises licences, provisional statements for projects under development and temporary event notices for special events. She also has experience in carrying out due diligence work for clients acquiring new premises and has advised clients on the law relating to sexual entertainment venues.

Francesca also deals with all aspects of gambling law, working on applications for casino operators and online betting and gaming companies, including applications for operating licences and personal licences to the Gambling Commission and premises licences to local authorities.

Outside work, Francesca enjoys eating out and going to the theatre and ballet.

Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Gambling

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Jessica is an associate in the gambling law team.  After graduating from the University of Southampton in 2014, she trained at another law firm in the City of London before joining Harris Hagan in March 2019.  Jessica deals with all aspects of gambling law including advising major land-based casino operators, online betting and gaming operators and start up companies. She has advised on establishing operations in the UK, on lotteries and prize competitions, regulatory requirements from a gambling law perspective, change of corporate control applications and due diligence on the licensing aspects of corporate acquisitions. Jessica regularly advises clients on making operating licence and personal applications to the Gambling Commission, and applications to licensing authorities, as well as advising clients on investigations and regulatory reviews of personal and operating licences.

Francesca advises clients on all aspects of liquor and entertainment licensing law, including preparing and submitting applications in relation to premises licences, provisional statements for projects under development and temporary event notices for special events. She also has experience in carrying out due diligence work for clients acquiring new premises and has advised clients on the law relating to sexual entertainment venues.

Francesca also deals with all aspects of gambling law, working on applications for casino operators and online betting and gaming companies, including applications for operating licences and personal licences to the Gambling Commission and premises licences to local authorities.

Outside work, Francesca enjoys eating out and going to the theatre and ballet.

Lucy Paterson

Lucy Paterson

Gambling

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Having graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 and trained in London, Lucy joined Harris Hagan in June 2019 as an associate on the gambling law team.
 
Lucy deals with all aspects of gambling law including advising major land-based casino operators, online betting and gaming operators and start up companies. She advises on establishing operations in the UK, on lotteries and prize competitions, regulatory requirements from a gambling law perspective, change of corporate control applications and due diligence on the licensing aspects of corporate acquisitions. Lucy regularly advises clients on making operating licence and personal applications to the Gambling Commission, and applications to licensing authorities, as well as advising clients on investigations and regulatory reviews of personal and operating licences. 
 
In her free time, Lucy enjoys playing tennis, reading and travel.

 

 Liz Southorn

Liz Southorn

Liquor & Entertainment

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Liz joined Harris Hagan in September 2004 having created and headed City solicitors, Richards Butler’s (now Reed Smith), highly regarded liquor and entertainment, betting and gaming licensing department for 11 years. Her clients followed her to Harris Hagan and Reed Smith, in common with many other law firms, refers its licensing work to her, frequently involving Liz in joint presentations to new and existing clients.

She specialises in all aspects of liquor and entertainment licensing law and is recognised as a leading licensing lawyer in all the major directories, enjoying top ratings throughout her 20+ year career.

Liz acts for many of the major players in the leisure world, including large companies with in-house legal departments, property developers, major cultural institutions, hotels, casinos, restaurants and entertainment operators.

She has been involved in many landmark cases in the UK and is renowned for her successful advocacy in courts and at local authority hearings throughout the country. She has particularly relevant and successful experience against various councils’ late night policies. She has enjoyed success in obtaining late night liquor and entertainment licences, including the first 24-hour casino in Westminster.

Liz is a Fellow of the Institute of Licensing and remains a member of the London Brewery Solicitors’ Association of which she was the first and, for several years, the only, female member.

She is a graduate of St. Anne’s College, Oxford and has a masters degree in Jurisprudence.

 David Stevens

David Stevens

Commercial/Corporate

 stevens@harrishagan.com

020 7002 7636

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David is a consultant to the firm specialising in all aspects of corporate work. David offers a wide range of corporate legal services, particularly in the field of mergers and acquisition, having had extensive experience internationally as General Counsel to a number of blue chip corporations. David read law at the London School of Economics and was a trainee and then an assistant solicitor with Slaughter and May before moving in house.

David has handled billion dollar transactions in Europe, USA, the Far East and Australia notably for SmithKline Beecham, WPP Group, Forte and BTR. He was a key member of the team that sold SmithKline Beecham’s personal care and veterinary businesses and bought Sterling Health and Diversified Pharmaceuticals. He was also one of the five man team that defended Forte from the hostile takeover from Granada which, while ultimately unsuccessful, saw the share price go from £2.75 prior the bid to £4 when the offer went unconditional. At BTR David managed the sale of businesses valued in excess of £5 billion.

David’s last in-house position was as General Counsel to IMS Health Inc, an S&P 500 corporation. David is also a consultant to the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

Sharn Birk

Sharn Birk

Gambling/Commercial

birk@harrishagan.com

020 7002 7650

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Sharn is a consultant at Harris Hagan specialising in commercial, regulatory and technology law.  She has worked both in-house and in private practice for the gambling industry since 2008.
 
Before joining Harris Hagan in March 2019, Sharn was General Counsel of Matchbook for three years providing strategic advice to the group in relation to corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory, operational and corporate risk management.  Sharn also served as a senior legal adviser at Gala Coral, advising on all areas of the group’s legal, regulatory and compliance affairs and activities, including management of key software supplier and stakeholder relationships and the merger between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral.  She also served as a lead legal counsel at bwin.party.  Sharn trained at Simons Muirhead & Burton, qualifying in 2008, and studied law and international politics at Keele University.
 
Sharn is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and her personal interests include travelling and volunteering for charitable causes.

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