Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office Location: London
What the team is known for Globally recognised as a leading franchising practice that helps household-name brands build and develop national and international franchise networks. Acts for restaurant chains, fashion brands and retailers of all types. Also advises prestigious private schools on international expansion.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Top-class franchising practice."
"They're wonderful. Very customer service-oriented and they have a broad base of expertise in different markets - exactly what you want in a law firm."
Work highlights Assisting EE with the restructuring of its business from a corporately owned and operated retailer into a national franchise.
Supported Regus with the restructuring of its global franchise, and advised on the marketing and operation of establishments across 30 countries worldwide.
Mark Abell is "one of the doyens of UK franchising." He advises some the world's biggest franchisors on matters such as large scale roll-outs, master franchise agreements and complete business restructurings.
Shelley Nadler offers her expertise to international brands in the leisure, retail and restaurant sectors. Clients say: "She is exceptionally good at providing concise, straightforward and excellent advice and at de-mystifying legal structures."
Graeme Payne acts for prominent brands in the services, retail and healthcare sectors. Clients say: "He is great at coming up with pragmatic solutions."
Victoria Hobbs practices primarily as a litigator, representing domestic and global businesses in complex franchise disputes. Clients say: "Her knowledge of franchising and the associated legal principles is excellent."
Significant clients Costa Coffee, PizzaExpress, Casual Dining Group, Tortilla, Mothercare.