- Advising on the suitability of business formats for franchising
- IP audits, brand protection and the development of business systems
- Drafting master, regional and developer franchise agreements
- Reviewing franchise agreements for potential franchisees
- Advising on the development of EU and international franchise structures
- Assisting with negotiations and pre–contractual discussions
- Working with franchise consultants to create franchise manuals
- Negotiating master franchise and developer agreements
- Dispute resolution management between franchisors and franchisees
- Franchise sales and acquisitions
- Employment law advice
- Commercial property advice
Sherrards' Franchise Team in London and Hertfordshire brings together an experienced team of solicitors who work with some of the biggest names in the UK and International franchising sector, as well as new and prospective franchisors. Our clients operate in a number of sectors including food and drink, retail, coffee, food, entertainment, hairdressing and property, to name just a few!
We are affiliated to the British Franchise Association and rated nationally by the Chambers UK 2015 legal guide for our franchising work which comments that we have a “noted franchising practice that undertakes a broad spectrum of work, including advice on agreements, employment and litigation.'”
The Franchise Team is led by Leigh Head with key support from leading franchise solicitor Manzoor Ishani who Chambers UK notes to be the 'senior statesman' of UK franchise lawyers, and Barney Laurence, a solicitor highly rated for his experience in franchise disputes.
Services range from stand-alone Franchise Agreements, Master Franchise Agreements, pilot schemes, franchise development, area development, intellectual property and brand protection, through to commercial property, litigation and dispute resolution. Recent litigation matters have led to significant judgments in the world of franchising and involved major franchisors and multi-unit franchisees.
We serve or have served brand names such as Dominos, KFC, Southern Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Hotel Chocolat, Subway, Toni & Guy, Ann Summers, Chips Away, Headmasters Hair, Winkworths, Muffin Break, SNOG Frozen Yogurt, Esquires Coffee Houses and Cafe Fratelli, among many others.
Chambers' feedback from clients includes comments such as: "They try to find a solution that fits our requirements. Very good client service and commercial awareness."
Meet the team
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