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 act for brand names such as Chips Away, Headmasters Hair, Winkworths, Muffin Break, SNOG Frozen Yogurt, Esquires Coffee Houses and Caffè Fratelli, among many others.
The franchise team is led by Leigh Head, with key support from Kiall Bagnell and Barney Laurence, both highly rated for their franchise expertise. 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 are affiliated with the British Franchise Association and rated by the legal guide Chambers & Partners , which commented that we have a “noted franchising practice that undertakes a broad spectrum of work, including advice on agreements, employment and litigation.”