Hamilton Pratt has the largest team of specialist franchise lawyers in Europe. The team consists of partners, associates, solicitors, trainees and paralegals. At all levels the firm’s team is extremely knowledgeable in franchise law and related issues such as intellectual property, property and competition law.
There will always be someone available to deal with your enquiry whenever it may arise. Whilst we do not operate on a 24/7 basis it is unusual for email contact to be made and not acknowledged within a matter of hours, whenever that email may be sent.
John was previously managing partner at Pinsent Masons and Legal Advisor to the British Franchise Association for six years. He is the author of the leading textbook, “Franchising: Law & Practice”, a contributor to the franchising chapter of ”Practical Commercial Precedents” and a contributor to American Bar Association’s publication – A Practical Guide for International Franchising – Competition Laws and Data Privacy. Acknowledged by Legal Who’s Who as an expert in international franchising, a past president of the Union Internationale des Avocats franchise committee, past Chair of the International Bar Association’s international franchise committee and Director of the American Bar Association’s International Franchise Division and a frequent lecturer on franchise issues both in the UK and elsewhere. John was previously Honorary French Consul, President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of the British Chambers of Commerce. He is currently a director of a number of companies including The Bardon Group, a multi-brand company incorporating well known franchise brands such as Recognition Express and Kall-Kwik.
John has expertise in the following areas:
-Preparing franchise agreements and related agreements such as confidentiality agreements and deposit agreements;
-Advising on competition law issues (both EU and UK);
-Advising on international franchising matters including the preparation of master franchise agreements and reviewing foreign franchise agreements to ensure compliance with UK mandatory legal requirements and custom and practice;
-Advising on franchise disputes; and
-Preparing reviews of franchise agreements for prospective franchisees
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Barbara qualified in 1978 with the City of London firm Waltons & Morse (now part of Eversheds LLP). Barbara joined the legal team at Allied Dunbar now part of Zurich Insurance Group and became a senior legal adviser. Zurich had one of the largest franchise networks in the UK.
-Assisting franchisors to enforce the post termination obligations and restrictive covenants contained in their franchise agreements. If necessary, by seeking urgent injunctive relief to protect the franchisor’s intellectual and confidential information;
-Assisting franchisors to pursue and defend misrepresentation, breach of contract and debt claims;
-Assessing franchisee claims with respect to pre-contractual statements made by franchisors and their in term conduct; and
-Advising clients on franchise and intellectual property related issues, including breach of trademark, copyright, passing off and breach of confidence.
James is a graduate of Southampton University in Law and Politics. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Risk and Security Management from Southampton University. James is acknowledged by Legal Who’s Who as an expert in franchising and regularly delivers lectures and seminars on franchising issues. Click here to view James’ Linkedin profile.
-Assisting franchisor clients in managing their resale process from conception to completion;
-Assisting franchisee clients, whether as a vendor or purchaser, in buying and selling franchise businesses;
-Preparing and negotiating various commercial documents both relating to franchising matters and otherwise;
-Advising clients in relation to trade mark applications both in the UK, Europe and internationally; and
-Advising clients in relation to commercial property matters including negotiating new leases and lease assignments.
Emma is a graduate of Warwick University in Biological Science and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (now the University of Law) in York. Emma is noted as a notable practitioner by Chambers & Partners and is also acknowledged by Legal Who’s Who as an expert in franchising and regularly delivers seminars on franchising issues. Click here to view Emma’s Linkedin profile.
-Advising clients in relation to trade mark applications both in the UK and Europe;
-Assisting Emma with franchise resales; and
-Assisting other team members with general commercial and franchise documentation.
Annabel joined the firm in 2017 after training at Cohen Cramer Solicitors in Leeds. The focus of Annabel’s work involves:
- Assisting James in pursuing and defending claims for both franchisors and franchisees; and
- Assisting team members in considering funding options for clients.
Annabel is a graduate of the University of Birmingham in Law. She completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.
-Issuing franchise agreements on behalf of clients;
-Assisting in the preparation of franchise reports; and
-Preparing franchise agreements and other franchise related documents.