A professional affiliate of the British Franchise Association, Darwin Gray's Franchising team provides both franchisors and franchisees with expert legal advice in all areas of franchise law and practice. We provide our clients with the "highest standard of advice at a reasonable rate" (Legal 500).

In addition to specific advice on franchise agreements, we advise both franchisors and franchisees on other legal issues relating to their businesses. Managing Partner Stephen Thompson heads the Franchising team, supported by Tegen QuinnSiobhan Williams and Gareth Wedge.

Our Franchising team works alongside our Employment and HRCommercial PropertyIntellectual Property and Dispute Resolution teams to provide our clients with an end-to-end service.


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Why choose Darwin Gray?

Our team offers:

  • expert legal advice

  • a high-quality service

  • responsiveness and reliability

  • transparent and fair pricing

  • a personal and friendly approach

  • fixed fees for reviewing and drafting franchise agreements


Our experience:

Examples of the services we offer include both legal and consultancy services. We provide a full range of legal services for prospective and existing franchisees as well as new and existing franchisors. Examples of these services include:



  • Advice on franchise agreements including

    • Detailed letter of advice

    • Comprehensive legal briefing notes

  • Commercial Property issues

  • Buying and Selling existing franchises

  • Franchise Disputes

  • Advice on Commercial Leases



  • Legal aspects of establishing a New Franchise

  • Master Licence Agreements

  • Franchise Agreements

  • Software Licence Agreements

  • Advice and assistance with non-legal Franchising issues

  • Franchise Disputes

  • Employment and HR Advice

  • Intellectual Property Rights issues

  • Commercial Property and Leases

  • Franchise resales


Franchise HR Service

We recognise that one of the biggest challenges and costs franchisees face is dealing with the complexities of taking on and managing staff. As a franchisor, you have an interest in the effective management of human resources by your franchisees.  After all, a disgruntled former employee of a franchisee has the potential to cause damage to the brand as a whole.  For this reason, we have developed a Franchise HR service for you to roll out across your network, ensuring a consistent, reliable and responsive approach to HR matters as they arise. 

As part of our entry-level package, we will work with you to develop bespoke branded employment contracts and an Employment Handbook for you to provide to your franchisees – at a fixed price.  From there, we can add additional support for your franchisees (and ultimately, additional brand protection for the franchise)  by working with you to develop workplace practices (e.g. recruitment, onboarding, engagement and retention) and additional policies as required, and, by building a bespoke retainer service, give your franchisees a named, experienced HR consultant to provide support as the need arises. 

Our Franchise HR service will be tailored to you and your franchise, and the additional support in this key area could be an excellent selling point for your franchise.



British Franchise Association

Darwin Gray is an affiliate member of the BFA. Stephen Thompson and Siobhan Williams are both QFP (Qualified Franchising Professionals) qualified.

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Stephen Thompson is the South West & Wales Regional Chair - find out more

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