Andrew Perkins of Ashfords


Andrew is a Partner in Ashfords' Commercial Litigation Team specialising in Franchise, Distribution and Agency matters. He is recognised as one of the South West's leading dispute lawyers.

His work principally focuses on commercial contract disputes particularly those relating to franchising. He also has significant experience of injunctory proceedings including freezing, restraint of trade and search orders.

When asked what makes a good lawyer he stated: "You need to put the legal question into the context of the overall business. You've got to understand what the client is seeking to achieve. You should ask , "Where do you want to be? What is important?" Begin with the desired solution and work back from there……it's about building and protecting your clients business, not simply winning the dispute."

"Andrew Perkins is “commercial” and “can magic a solution out of nothing."
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2012

His recent experience includes:

  • Action for national franchisor in reprographics industry in proceedings against errant franchisee, including freezing injunction, enforcement of search order and ultimately committal proceedings.
  • Representation of 23 franchisees in group action against franchisor within Catering food retail sector
  • Preparation of 'breach notices' on behalf of marshal arts franchisor, service of termination notice and enforcement proceedings
  • Representation of group of 13 healthcare franchisees in dispute relating to breach of franchise Agreement by franchisor including advice following the Franchisor entering into administration
  • Advice to franchisor concerning ability to terminate franchise pilot scheme
  • Advice to various franchisees upon grant of new franchises
  • Advice and 'set-up' of master franchising arrangements for restaurant chain
  • Defending UK engine distributor upon claim relating to supply of allegedly defective engines to fishing fleet.
  • Successful Appeal (reported) to Court of Appeal against first instance decision
  • Advice to UK distributor of US automotive products following service of breach notice
  • Advice to group of franchisees in architectural service sector regarding enforceability of restrictions in franchise agreement

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