Cardiff Lawyer One of the UK’s ‘10 Leading Franchise Lawyers’

September 28, 2020



Stephen Thompson, Head of Franchising at Darwin Gray has been listed as one of the top leading franchise lawyers in the UK.

Stephen Thompson

The latest issue of What Franchise, part of a leading franchise media brand, features top franchise lawyers across the UK. The only Wales-based lawyer to feature, Stephen is Head of the specialist Franchising team at Darwin Gray. The team provides legal guidance and support for both franchisors and franchisees, from setting up or buying a franchise to managing employees and dealing with disputes to expanding or selling.

An Affiliate member of the British Franchise Association (BFA), Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in the franchising industry and regularly speaks at franchising industry events. In September 2019, Stephen won the Silver award for Supplier of the Year at the inaugural Approved Franchise Association (AFA) Awards. He is also the Regional Chair for the South West & Wales EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising) branch.

Stephen said:

“I was delighted to be featured among the top franchising lawyers in the UK. I work with many franchise clients, both franchisors and franchisees, helping to add value to their businesses and finding the best route to market for them.

“During this particularly tough time for businesses, franchising offers an opportunity for business growth as well as an alternative path for those who may have found themselves unemployed due to the pandemic. It is a pleasure to support those looking to start out or expand through franchising”.

Editor of What Franchise, Jeff James said:

“In the franchise industry, Stephen is among the most distinguished members of the UK legal profession. Investing in a franchise is a big decision to make and it’s important you enlist the services of a suitably qualified franchise lawyer before making a commitment.”

To find out more about Darwin Gray’s franchising services, contact the Franchising team.


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I have worked with Darwin Gray for a number of years and the level of service, professionalism and timely response is second to none. I would highly recommend Darwin Gray to any business.”

Becs Beslee
Dice FM Ltd

Darwin Gray have provided us with a first-class service for many years now. They really take the time to understand our business and develop relationships which results in advice and support that is contextualised and effective.”

Rebecca Cooper
ACT Training

We have worked with Darwin Gray for several years and have always found their services and advice to be first class.”

Karen Gale
Stepping Stones Group

An extremely professional and sincere company who make time for your queries and understand the need to break down certain facts and information to ensure everything is understood perfectly. I would highly recommend the company to anyone looking for any type of legal advice”

Gwawr Booth
Portal Training Ltd

PSS has worked with Darwin Gray for many years. We have always received an excellent service. Prompt and professional advice and support.”

Ledia Shabani
Property Support Services UK Ltd

We have used several departments within DG recently and we have been very pleased with an effective, efficient and down to earth service. Very happy thus far and I expect that we will continue to use DG.”

Guto Bebb
Farmers’ Union of Wales

Darwin Gray offer us truly superb services. Very professional, quick and services available bilingually which is very important to us, highly recommend.”

Iwan Hywel
Mentrau Iaith Cymru

My “go to” in urgent and time sensitive cases for direction, support and advice. The team are quick to respond to calls or emails for advice and support on all matters. Always explain complex matters in a way a lay person can easily understand.”

Margot Adams
Guarding UK Ltd