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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.