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A leading set specialising in commercial, construction, insurance and property law


Franchising is a business model of fundamental importance both in the UK and internationally. Our barristers recognise that legal issues in the franchise business involve unique considerations and require specialist treatment.

We were the first set of chambers to establish a specialist Franchising Team and as a result we have appeared in most of the major franchising cases of recent years. Due to our longstanding reputation, we are instructed by many of the country’s leading franchisors as well as master and individual franchisees.
We often advise on complex issues such as derogation from grant, internet selling, policing the network, re-branding, and renewals. We also have experience of acting for and against groups of franchisees seeking to affect change in the network.
In addition to our expertise in the franchising sector, most of our barristers specialise in complementary areas, enabling us to offer a full service to franchising clients, including:
  • Commercial disputes with suppliers and manufacturers
  • Employment matters
  • Intellectual property; protecting the brand from breach of copyright, trade mark infringement and passing off
  • Insurance disputes
  • Property issues relating to the purchase or lease of business premises.

Who we act for 

  • Franchisees (master and individual)
  • Franchisors

Our areas of work include

  • Drafting and advising on franchise agreements
  • Franchise disputes
  • Injunctions and the enforcement of restrictive covenants
  • Intellectual property and brand protection
  • Internet selling
  • Renewals
  • Sale of franchise networks and individual franchises
  • Termination of franchises

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact the Practice Management Team for the Commercial Division on +44 (0)20 7242 2523 or e-mail enquiries@hardwicke.co.uk.