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Cardiff Lawyer One of the UK’s ‘10 Leading Franchise Lawyers’


Stephen Thompson, Head of Franchising at Cardiff commercial law firm Darwin Gray has been listed as one of the top leading franchise lawyers in the UK.

The latest issue of What Franchise, part of a leading franchise media brand, features top franchise lawyers across the UK. The only Wales-based lawyer to feature, Stephen is Head of the specialist Franchising team at Darwin Gray. The team provides legal guidance and support for both franchisors and franchisees, from setting up or buying a franchise to managing employees and dealing with disputes to expanding or selling.

An Affiliate member of the British Franchise Association (BFA), Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in the franchising industry and regularly speaks at franchising industry events. In September 2019, Stephen won the Silver award for Supplier of the Year at the inaugural Approved Franchise Association (AFA) Awards. He is also the Regional Chair for the South West & Wales EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising) branch.

Stephen said:

“I was delighted to be featured among the top franchising lawyers in the UK. I work with many franchise clients, both franchisors and franchisees, helping to add value to their businesses and finding the best route to market for them.

“During this particularly tough time for businesses, franchising offers an opportunity for business growth as well as an alternative path for those who may have found themselves unemployed due to the pandemic. It is a pleasure to support those looking to start out or expand through franchising”.

Editor of What Franchise, Jeff James said:

“In the franchise industry, Stephen is among the most distinguished members of the UK legal profession. Investing in a franchise is a big decision to make and it’s important you enlist the services of a suitably qualified franchise lawyer before making a commitment.”


Darwin Gray is a commercial law firm based in Cardiff. We are proud of our reputation for using a practical and solution-focused approach when helping our clients.

We have a strong team ethic, putting approachability, consistency and quality at the heart of everything we do. Your business will always be at the forefront of our minds, whilst ensuring you also receive excellent value for money.

We specialise in a number of commercial areas, including:
– Commercial Property
– Franchising
– Corporate and Commercial
– Employment and HR
– Intellectual Property
– Social Housing
– Data and Data Protection
– Dispute Resolution
– Insolvency
– Construction

Our work reflects our values; we are genuinely friendly people who are approachable and accessible to our clients. The Darwin Gray approach is thorough and careful, but we are also known for reacting quickly when it matters and providing creative solutions to whatever challenge our clients are facing, drawing on our rich and varied experience.

We endeavour to prevent problems as well as solve them, and would love to get to know you and your business.


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