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Bahar is a partner in the gambling team and joined Harris Hagan in April 2012. Specialising in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law, Bahar is recognised by the independent guides as a leading gambling lawyer and is described as a “rising star” and “an excellent gaming lawyer”.
She advises many of the world’s largest land-based and online (B2C and B2B) gambling operators as well as many start-up companies on all aspects of gambling legal, regulatory and licensing matters. She 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. She has particular expertise on operating licence applications, change of corporate control applications, investor due diligence, restructuring and rationalisation of group licences, and regulatory compliance and enforcement investigations with the Gambling Commission.
After reading law at King’s College London, Bahar was called to the Bar in 2008 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2012. Before joining Harris Hagan, she 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 also worked on the Turks and Caicos Islands public inquiry with the Rt Hon Sir Robin Auld, investigating allegations of government corruption, which resulted in the territory’s Cabinet and Constitution being suspended, resulting in direct rule from Westminster, and taught criminology and human rights to undergraduate law students.
Bahar is a General Editor of Thomson Reuters’ Gaming Law in the European Lawyer Reference Series, and, with Julian Harris, co-authors the chapter on the UK. She is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and sits on the Global Gaming Women Events and Great Women of Gaming Committees, and regularly contributes to gambling law and industry publications. In her spare time, Bahar enjoys scuba diving, intrepid travelling, gardening and anything to do with Sicily.