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If you have a question regarding buying a franchise, selling a franchise or setting up a franchise, we have a panel of experts on hand who would be happy to give you some FREE initial advice. Any questions you send via our expert section will be treated in the strictest of confidence and only passed to the expert(s) you have selected. The expert will contact you directly with their answer; your question and response will not be made public. Please select from the drop down menu the nature of your enquiry:

Russell Ford

Russell Ford - Owen White

Owen White is one of the leading franchise specialists in the UK with over 40 years’ experience of advising franchisors and franchisees.

Russell handles franchise disputes and has acted for numerous franchisees on misrepresentation issues, claims for damages for breach of contract and negligent advice by franchisors. Russell Ford is recognised as a Band 1 Lawyer in the Chambers & Partners Guide 2020.

Andrew Fraser

Andrew Fraser - Albany Fraser

Andy Fraser is the founder of Albany Fraser Solicitors, a boutique commercial law firm with franchising at its heart. He set up Albany Fraser in 2019 with a view to helping franchisors and franchisees of all shapes and sizes make smarter franchising decisions. Andy is accredited by the British Franchise Association as a 'Qualified Franchise Professional' and is one of only a small number of lawyers in the UK to have been awarded this status. In addition to being a solicitor, Andy originally trained as a franchise consultant with one of the UK’s leading franchise consultancy practices where he worked on franchising projects for brands such as Ralph Lauren, American Eagle Outfitters, Esprit and Whittard of Chelsea.

Jane Masih

Jane Masih - Owen White

Jane is Head of Franchising at Owen White. Owen White is one of the leading franchise specialists in the UK with over 40 years’ experience of advising franchisors and franchisees. Owen White’s franchising team is highly rated in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Guide 2020 for Franchising.

Jane advises on all aspects of franchising for both new and established franchisors and franchisees on franchise agreements. Jane is recognised as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 and a Band 1 Lawyer in the Chambers & Partners Guide 2020 for Franchising.

David Kaye

David Kaye - Harper Macleod

David has extensive experience in advising franchisees and franchisors over many years. He is very involved in the retail sector advising several national retailers on their franchising requirements as well as the property aspects involved. David is a regular speaker at seminars for prospective franchisees and franchisors.

Johnny Sellyn

Johnny Sellyn - whichfranchise

Johnny Sellyn has been actively involved in franchising for over 20 years and is the Managing Director of whichfranchise UK and Franchise Resales US.

Johnny is recognised as one of the leading experts in franchising internationally. He speaks regularly about best practices in ethical franchising at franchise seminars and events.

Johnny has a specific interest in franchise resales and has worked for over 20 years working with franchisees in their exit planning.

Johnny Sellyn

Johnny Sellyn - whichfranchise

Johnny Sellyn has been actively involved in franchising for over 20 years and is the Managing Director of whichfranchise UK and Franchise Resales US.

Johnny is recognised as one of the leading experts in franchising internationally. He speaks regularly about best practices in ethical franchising at franchise seminars and events.

Johnny has a specific interest in franchise resales and has worked for over 20 years working with franchisees in their exit planning.

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts - Chantry Group

Chris Roberts was appointed Chairman of the Chantry Group following the successful sale of Franchise Finance Limited to Hitachi Capital. Chris specialises in valuing franchisee, franchisor and bfa affiliate businesses and helping them to prepare for sale. He has many years’ experience of business planning, raising finance and business training having developed and delivered many business courses and workshops for a variety of organisations. Chris is a regular speaker at conferences and exhibitions etc.

Johnny Sellyn

Johnny Sellyn - whichfranchise

Johnny Sellyn has been actively involved in franchising for over 20 years and is the Managing Director of whichfranchise UK and Franchise Resales US.

Johnny is recognised as one of the leading experts in franchising internationally. He speaks regularly about best practices in ethical franchising at franchise seminars and events.

Johnny has a specific interest in franchise resales and has worked for over 20 years working with franchisees in their exit planning.

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts - Chantry Group

Chris Roberts was appointed Chairman of the Chantry Group following the successful sale of Franchise Finance Limited to Hitachi Capital. Chris specialises in valuing franchisee, franchisor and bfa affiliate businesses and helping them to prepare for sale. He has many years’ experience of business planning, raising finance and business training having developed and delivered many business courses and workshops for a variety of organisations. Chris is a regular speaker at conferences and exhibitions etc.

Adrian Knight

Adrian Knight - Knight Franchises

Adrian Knight comes from a corporate recruitment background where he previously lead the talent acquisition for a global technology across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Combining franchising with his love of helping others advance their careers, Adrian now helps corporate professionals transition out of corporate life into franchise business ownership.

Penny Hopkinson

Penny Hopkinson - Manual Writers International

Penny Hopkinson, Manual Writers has over 35 years' experience of writing manuals. We are a small Team of specialists in Franchising and Licensing who provide a bespoke service to clients who need to document their Know How and Business System. We advise and coach on how best to develop and publish an Operations Manual to impose and replicate uniformity and conformity across a developing franchise, licence or branch Network. Whatever their stage of development, we ensure that every Operations Manual is tailored to our client’s short and longer term requirements. Companion of the British Franchise Association.

Marc Talbot

Marc Talbot - HSBC

Marc Talbot is a Franchise Director for HSBC UK. Marc works closely with Franchisors, Franchisees and industry specialists, providing support to help them grow their businesses. Marc also works with brands that are considering Franchise as an alternative method of expanding their business both in the UK and Internationally. He has worked at HSBC for over 15 years in a variety of roles within the Commercial Bank from Relationship Management to Regional Leadership roles in Global Trade & Receivables Finance. The last 4 years has been spent working in Franchise; firstly on HSBC’s Global Proposition and then more recently as part of the UK team working with some of the largest brands in the industry.

Suki Dehal QFP

Suki Dehal QFP - Lloyds Bank

Suki Dehal is Head of Franchising for Lloyds Bank. He has 11 years banking experience, including 6 in franchising. Suki is responsible for providing support to the Lloyds Bank Business Managers, assisting them in assessing proposals from prospective franchisees and ensuring that they have up to date information on the franchise systems operating within the UK. He works closely with franchisors to understand ongoing performance, training and support offered and any other developments that may affect the network.

Nick Williams

Nick Williams - Ashtons Franchise

Nick Williams is an experienced national and international franchise development consultant who has worked in the UK franchise industry for over 20years. Nick leads a team of franchise specialists at Ashtons who have assisted hundreds of business to expand and grow through franchising since the inception of the business in 1981. We work with companies of all sizes from all sectors nationally and internationally.

Brian Duckett

Brian Duckett - The Franchising Centre

Brian is a recognised leader in the franchise industry, both in the UK and around the world. He writes regularly for the UK franchising and business media and has presented at many seminars and workshops. Internationally, he writes regular features for franchising magazines in the USA, Europe, Australia and India and has spoken at franchise conferences on five continents. His writings include the widely respected book “How to Turn Your Business into The Next Global Brand – Creating and Managing a Franchised Network”.

Penny Hopkinson

Penny Hopkinson - Manual Writers International

Penny Hopkinson, Manual Writers has over 35 years' experience of writing manuals. We are a small Team of specialists in Franchising and Licensing who provide a bespoke service to clients who need to document their Know How and Business System. We advise and coach on how best to develop and publish an Operations Manual to impose and replicate uniformity and conformity across a developing franchise, licence or branch Network. Whatever their stage of development, we ensure that every Operations Manual is tailored to our client’s short and longer term requirements. Companion of the British Franchise Association.

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