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Who we are
Harris Hagan is the only City of London law firm dedicated exclusively to the provision of legal services to all sectors of the gambling and leisure industries in the UK and internationally. We were established in 2004, by Julian Harris and John Hagan, and are driven by the long-term sustainability and success of the industry we cherish. The three partners alone have a collective 65 years’ experience of advising gambling operators and regulators alike.
Our business is gambling law, compliance and regulation. We view ourselves as a business within the gambling industry, which happens to be a law firm, rather than external advisors to the gambling industry. Our future success and sustainability is inextricably intertwined with that of the gambling industry.
Our clients’ needs are always at the heart of what we do. We achieve solutions to their short term regulatory issues, whilst never losing sight of their longer-term reputation and commercial interests. This philosophy has allowed us to grow our firm into the largest dedicated gambling legal and regulatory team in UK private practice. Many of the world’s largest international gambling businesses rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing and challenging gambling legal, regulatory and political environment. We combine our expertise, experience and enthusiasm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.
Why instruct Harris Hagan?
We have been consistently top ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 since we were established in 2004. We also won the prestigious Gambling Compliance “Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year” Award in 2017 and 2019.
We offer unparalleled legal experience, knowledge and commercial understanding of the gambling industry. 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 do everything we can for our clients to achieve the best possible commercial, licensing and regulatory outcomes, drawing upon all our expertise and experience.
We are trusted advisers to the world’s largest and most successful gambling and leisure operators, many of which are publicly listed. Advising leading gambling operators on gambling regulation, compliance and enforcement is what we do all day, every day.
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.
- Start ups
- Online gambling operators
- Online gambling suppliers
- Games developers
- Gaming machine manufacturers
- Social gaming operators
- eSports operators
- Financial institutions
- Law firms
- Governmental organisations
- Hotels & bars
- Event venues