Our specialist team 

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. 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.

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


British Franchise Association

Darwin Gray is an affiliate member of the BFA.

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Encouraging Women into Franchising

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

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If you are interested in discussing our services, please contact: