Franchising Solicitors

The Ashtons franchise team has over 20 years’ experience assisting franchise networks both within the UK and internationally and maintains its strong reputation for high-end, quality work coupled with a practical ‘can do’ approach.

Our clients value our ability to deliver City-level advice at regional rates. This makes us ideally suited to working with organisations looking to establish franchise networks.

Our dedicated franchise team is made up of specialists within their fields who understand the often unique needs of franchisors and is supported by our wider commercial services team, enabling us to provide our franchise clients with a holistic approach to all their legal needs.

The firm acquired one of the UK’s leading franchise consultancies, which now operates as Ashtons Franchise Consulting.

We can help you:

  • establish and expand your franchise network (both nationally and internationally)
  • manage the franchise re-sale process (on behalf of either a franchisor or an incoming/outgoing franchisee)
  • resolve franchise disputes
  • with the acquisition and sale of your franchise network
  • manage your property portfolio
  • with your employment and human resources needs

Our team are personable, approachable, knowledgeable and above all, entirely practical. We approach your needs from a business perspective.

Ashtons’ Damian Humphrey and John Chambers have been recognised as UK franchise law experts by contributing to the international ‘Getting The Deal Through: Franchise 2019’ publication.


I have been using Ashtons Legal or solicitors that are now partners/consultants within the company for over 35 years, on both a personal and business basis. Whilst I would have no hesitation to recommend the company for either personal or business matters, I regard their Franchise Department as being second to none within the UK. I have been involved in the franchising industry since 1979 and have always used the solicitors now forming the Franchise Department of Ashtons Legal for all legal franchising advice. They have always understood, not only the legal needs of my company but have the knowledge and experience to also look at the commercial aspect of any advice provided.

It can only be a testament to the quality of their legal agreements, that despite being one of the largest and most established franchise companies in the UK, we rarely have a need to use their services, other than to revise our current agreements!

– Stephen Watson, Managing Director, Agency Express Limited


Ashtons Legal Franchise lawyers Damian Humphrey and Tracy Williamson are BFA Qualified Franchise Professionals.