About Us

With offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Newcastle, Weightmans LLP are a top 45 law firm with more than 1,500 employees.

Professional services, health and safety, facilities management, accountancy, retail, fast food, manufacturing, insurance, financial services, and real estate are just a few of the industries our franchise lawyers have specialised knowledge in.

Startups and internationally and nationally established franchise networks are some of our clients. As a member of Legalink, a network of elite independent law firms that practise in the world’s financial and commercial centres, we have offices all over the UK and connections to law firms all over the world.

We can support franchisors and franchisees because we are a full-service, national law firm with a wide range of experience. As an illustration, the independent Legal 500 directory consistently places our competition team in the top tier for EU and competition law.

We can provide franchise owners with a variety of guidance, such as:

  • Startups, franchise agreements, financing, terms of business, and shareholder agreements
  • Franchise business sales and purchases
  • Supply chain issues throughout the franchise network
  • Competition law
  • Regulatory compliance (health and safety, environmental, data protection etc)
  • Tax-efficient group structures and personal ownership models
  • Management buyouts
  • Pension arrangements
  • Property matters in the context of franchising
  • Disputes and litigation (commercial disputes, cyber, debt recovery, defamation and reputation management)
  • Employment law


“As a franchisor, I can say that Marc and the team are easy to work with and have assisted our franchise business from day one.  True specialists, who can deal with complex national and international transactions.” Ed Reid, Managing Director of the Alternative Board (UK)

“They are fantastic, they are the type of people who are friendly and down to earth. They deliver what they say they will.” Chambers & Partners

“Their flexibility and knowledge of the sector. They are never fazed and so are adept at whatever they have to face with us – even if it’s something new to them.” Chambers & Partners

“Outstanding” Legal 500 (Competition)

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