- partner Melanie Ellis and associate Tom Edmonds boost the firm’s betting and gaming offering
LONDON – Northridge today announced the hire of new partner Melanie Ellis, who joins the firm alongside associate Tom Edmonds from specialist gambling firm Harris Hagan. Ellis is the first new partner hire since the firm was founded in October 2017.
A gambling regulatory lawyer with 13 years’ experience in the sector, Ellis advises on all aspects of gambling law, with a particular interest in the use of new technology for gambling products and novel product ideas. This ties in well with Northridge’s entrepreneurial approach, which has in the last year seen the firm launch NORTHRIDGE TRACK, an innovative new club for the best high-growth technology companies that serve the sports and entertainment industries.
As well as working with Ellis at their former firm, associate Tom Edmonds has commercial and in-house experience, having previously worked at Betgenius.
Northridge founding partner Ian Lynam comments: “We are delighted to enhance our betting and gaming offering by welcoming Melanie and Tom to the firm. Our existing sports practice has significant overlap with the betting industry – particularly in areas such as integrity, rules and regulations and sponsorship. We think the addition of gambling regulatory expertise to our offering gives significant potential for growth and further enhances our ability to advise clients when the stakes are highest.”
New partner Melanie Ellis comments: “Northridge has fast established itself as one of the most innovative and exciting firms in the market, and one keen to explore the opportunities new technologies are bringing to the fields it operates in. I’m excited to join such a forward-thinking team, and to utilise my own long-term experience in betting and gaming to help build on the firm’s already thriving practice.”
Ellis advises on all aspects of gambling law including licence applications, compliance, advertising, licence reviews and changes of control. She has acted for a wide range of gambling operators including major online and land-based bookmakers and casinos, B2B game and software suppliers and start-ups. She also frequently advises operators of raffles, prize competitions, free draws and social gaming products. She is a regular contributor to industry publications.
Northridge is an independent law firm that focuses on the most complex and important matters in sport. Founded in October 2017, it has already established itself as the firm the sports industry turns to when the stakes are highest. It is ranked in Tier One for sports law in the Legal 500, it won the “Boutique law firm of the Year” award from Legal Business in 2019 and is Europe’s largest sports practice with 25 dedicated fee earners.
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Based in London, Northridge launched in October 2017 with founding partners Jonathan Ellis, Ian Lynam, Jon Walters and James Eighteen, the market-leading team that previously operated out of Charles Russell Speechlys. In just over 18 months it has already become the largest sports practice in Europe and has achieved a Tier One ranking in Legal 500 and won the coveted Legal Business “Boutique law firm of the year” award 2019.
The firm provides a broad range of services from disputes and regulatory to commercial and corporate. It advises on the most complex inquiries and investigations, “bet the company” acquisitions, the structuring of new formats and competitions, the highest value sponsorship deals and the most critical issues for superstar athletes. An enviable client base of businesses in the digital, gambling and leisure sectors and beyond moved with them alongside the core sports practice, and the firm has attracted a raft of new major name clients in its first 18 months.