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Franchising

Franchising

About

Franchising continues to be a popular way of licensing the format and rights of a business, and the number of franchisee-owned businesses in the UK is continuing to grow despite the economic pressures of recent years.

We understand the key legal and commercial considerations involved when setting up, or investing in, a franchise operation in the UK or overseas. We regularly advise on issues relating to intellectual property rights, restrictive covenants, advertising and the application of UK and EU competition law. Our lawyers are familiar with the provisions commonly found in franchise agreements, and know the benefits associated with having clear, well drafted and concise contract terms.

Our experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating franchise agreements comes from advising in many different sectors, particularly those involved in food and drinks, retail, hospitality and leisure.

For international franchise arrangements, we regularly liaise with our associated law firms in LawExchange International to ensure that any issues arising from operating a franchise in another country or territory are covered as well.

Key Contacts

Kevin Fletcher - Consultant

Kevin Fletcher

Consultant

+44 (0)1604 463373

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Bill Thatcher - Partner

Bill Thatcher

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532709

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Latest testimonials

'He brings clarity to the situation, breaks it down and comes to a conclusion'
Client testimonial / Chambers & Partners

"I would like to call out Bill Thatcher as an absolutely outstanding asset to our business. His responsiveness, commercial expertise, and value is truly remarkable. It has been a true privilege to work with him over the years."
Client testimonial / Legal 500


“Bill Thatcher has proved to be a formidable ally to have onside during tricky commercial negotiations. His ability to make the complex seem simple, and to make arguments which are hard to dispute, is uncanny.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


“Bill Thatcher has an amazing ability to deeply understand our business, despite it being extremely specialised. All in all he is an invaluable part of our team and one we could not recommend highly enough.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“Hewitsons offers a broad spectrum of specialist support for whatever commercial issues you face.”
Client testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“James Lawrence has a first rate legal mind, and his advice is always succinct and completely on the point.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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