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Hardwicke Annual Franchising Conference 2015

07 Oct 2015, All day

This year’s conference will include talks and panel discussions with a number of experienced franchising solicitors joining us in presenting the conference. We would like to create an opportunity for reflection about current issues and lively discussions about what is to come.


09.30 – 10.00

Welcome – Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

10.10 – 10.40
Keynote: Fairness in franchising – John Pratt, Partner Hamilton Pratt

10.40 – 11.15
Session One: Enforcing restrictive covenants – The do’s and don’t – Paul Strelitz and Ebony Alleyne


11.30 – 12.30
Session Two: Power Blasts:

  • Franchisee’s client money/contracts & how to secure them  Barney Laurence, Associate, Sherrards and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
  • Targeting female franchisees: The Equality Act and other issues – PJ Kirby QC
  • Avoiding the legal and commercial pitfalls of international franchaising – Manzoor Ishani, Senior Consultant Solicitor – Sherrards
  • The Quebec experience and responsibility for the Network –  Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
  • Multi brand Franchisor’s duties & freedoms –  Nigel Jones QC


14.00 – 14.45
Session Three: Arbitration v Litigation – The pros and cons – Nigel Jones QC and Charlie Raffin

14.45 – 15.30
Panel Discussion: The discussion is open to the audience and we are delighted that Russell Ford of Owen White and Manzoor Ishani from Sherrards will be joining the panel. We invite you to send in topics or queries for discussion during the session.