Franchising

Sherrards’ franchise practice comprises experienced lawyers who are used to working with household names in the UK and international franchising sector, as well as new and prospective franchisors. Our clients operate in diverse sectors including food and drink, retail, entertainment, beauty and property, to name just a few.

We are affiliated with the British Franchise Association and rated nationally by the legal guide Chambers UK, which commented 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 Manzoor Ishani, who Chambers UK calls 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 undertaken has led to significant judgments in the world of franchising and involved major franchisors and multi-unit franchisees.

We act for brand names such as Domino’s Pizza, 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 Caffè Fratelli, among many others. We have also contributed to the legal column for Food Franchise magazine.

Chambers’ feedback from clients includes: “They (Sherrards) try to find a solution that fits our requirements. Very good client service and commercial awareness.”

Services include

  • Advising on the suitability of business formats
  • IP audits, brand protection and the development of business systems
  • Drafting master, regional and developer agreements
  • Reviewing agreements for potential franchisees
  • Advising on the development of EU and international franchise structures
  • Assisting with negotiations and pre–contractual discussions
  • Negotiating master franchise and developer agreements
  • Dispute resolution management
  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Employment law advice
  • Commercial property advice