Firm profile submitted by Harris Hagan
The Firm Harris Hagan is the only specialist gambling and leisure firm in the City of London. The firm has an international reputation as trusted advisors to many of the world’s largest gambling and leisure operators in all areas of land-based and remote gambling, liquor and entertainment. The firm is frequently instructed by other leading City and overseas law firms and private equity firms, to provide specialist gambling and leisure expertise in relation to corporate transactions. The firm’s outstanding reputation in this specialist market has been founded on unparalleled legal experience, knowledge and an in-depth commercial understanding of the industry. Its ability to provide a full service to the industry, together with its first-class track record, has been evidenced by the acquisition of major new international clients and the firm has been instructed on a number of important cross-border corporate and commercial transactions. In addition, Harris Hagan has advised overseas regulatory authorities and governments on the regulation of gambling and assisted with draft legislation. The firm undertakes licensing and regulatory work for casinos, online gambling operators, betting shops, hotels, restaurants and bars. In particular, the firm is noted for its pre-eminence in advising on highly complex regulatory issues. Harris Hagan is committed to the continuous development of its core gambling and liquor practices whilst remaining at the forefront of advances in the leisure industry. In doing so, it has acquired some notable and fast maturing technology clients, particularly in the online gambling sector. The firm also advises on a wide range of commercial contracts, including terms and conditions, software development and licensing agreements, gaming equipment and machine supply agreements, white label agreements, back office support agreements, transitional services arrangements, privacy policies and terms of participation.
CLIENTS Clients include Aspers Group Limited, Paddy Power Betfair, D&D London Restaurants, Les Ambassadeurs Club Limited, Royal Opera House, Scientific Games Corporation and Diageo.
INTERNATIONAL Harris Hagan continue to work closely with many international clients and its principal lawyers speak regularly at international conferences and frequently contribute to internal specialist publications. Julian Harris is a Past President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. John Hagan is Deputy Chairman of GamCare, Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling and an Officer of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. They are both members of International Masters of Gaming Law.