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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 is a General Editor of Thomson Reuters’ Gaming Law in the European Lawyer Reference Series, and, with Bahar Alaeddini, co-authors 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” and “extremely good dealing with regulators”. Julian is a past President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.