Corporate & Commercial
John has specialised in franchising for over 20 years. He thinks of himself as a business man first and a solicitor second. His "no nonsense, practical, commercial approach" is appreciated by clients as much as is his unrivalled knowledge of the franchising sector.
He read law at University College London and worked in the City of London for Mitsui, a Japanese trading company, and in the Middle East for Turner & Newall Plc.
John then worked in sales and contract management roles in the oil industry, first in the UK and then abroad before deciding that he could provide more commercially focused and practical advice than he was receiving from lawyers. He re-trained as a solicitor and worked for two leading international law firms prior to setting up Chambers & Co in 1998. After establishing himself as one of the UK’s leading franchise lawyers and acting for 20% of the franchisors in the UK, Ashtons Legal acquired the practice in early 2012.
John is a former member of the now disbanded British Franchise Association Legal Committee, and regularly speaks on franchising law both at home and abroad.
As a recognised expert in his field, John was invited to contribute to the 2019 edition of Franchise – the 13th edition of expert research and analysis produced by renowned publishers Getting the Deal Through. This involved giving an overview of the legal landscape in UK Franchising.
John is based at our Norwich office.
John Chambers has ‘national and international franchising experience that is second to none'. - Legal 500
John Chambers is known for his commercial nous and pragmatic approach to franchising. He is frequently asked to advise companies on national and international expansion, and has organised franchising frameworks to be established in South Korea, Canada, India and the UAE. - Chambers & Partners
The ‘highly experienced' John Chambers assisted Harry Ramsden’s and Allied Carpets in setting up franchise operations. - Legal 500
Franchising expert John Chambers has ‘knowledge and experience that is second to none; he is a first-rate communicator who knows franchising inside out’. - Legal 500
"whenever you're dealing with him you know he knows the client very well. He's also sensible – he doesn't point score." - Chambers & Partners
John Chambers is the lead franchising solicitor at Ashtons Legal. "He consistently offers pragmatic no-nonsense advice....and is excellent at identifying practical solutions," - Chambers & Partners
John Chambers is a "hugely experienced" franchising practitioner and "provides great guidance" to high-profile and developing franchisors across a wide range of industries. He advises on all manner of domestic and international commercial issues and also on the termination of franchising agreements. - Chambers & Partners, 2017
John Chambers is described as an "absolutely superb" practitioner. - Chambers & Partners, 2018
One source says: "What John doesn't know about franchising wouldn't fill a postage stamp." - Chambers & Partners, 2019