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Nicola Broadhurst

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Commercial and head of franchising.


Commercial partner and head of the franchise group. Undertaking a broad range of commercial work but with a particular emphasis on franchise advice acting for franchisors and franchisees. Advises clients wishing to expand their businesses through franchising both in the UK and internationally as well as franchisees wishing to acquire and sell franchises.


Trained Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard); qualified 1993; partner Mundays LLP 2006; joined Stevens & Bolton LLP as partner 2011. Publications of note: contributes to every edition of ‘Franchise World’; regular contributor to: ‘Elite Business Magazine’, ‘Business Franchise Magazine’, ‘Franchisor News’, ‘Franchise Magazine’, contributed chapters to ‘How to Franchise your Business’ book by Clive Sawyer and to the British Franchise Association’s revised code of ethics and represented the European Franchise Federation in a European Parliament workshop on the regulation of franchising .


Basic French.


 British Franchise Association, sits on the Quality Standards Committee advising on compliance issues and best practice in franchising, Law Society; Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF); American Bar Association (ABA) and ABA Franchising Group, the ABA International Commerical Transactions, Franchise and Distribution Committee, member of the International Bar Association and IBA International Franchising Committee.


Francis Holland School, Clarence Gate; Essex University (1991 LLB (2:1)); Guildford College of Law (1991).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Stevens & Bolton LLP's practice head Beverley Whittaker, who has more than 25 years of commercial contracts experience, assists clients with procurement, marketing agreements and supply of services, among other matters. Beverley Flynn is another seasoned commercial lawyer, who also leads the firm's data protection work. Nicola Broadhurst heads up the firm's franchising practice, while Gary Parnell is the technology and media head. Another key figure is Gustaf Duhs, who is knowledgeable about the interplay between commercial contracts and regulatory issues in sectors such as fintech, life sciences and telecommunications. Managing associate Charles Maurice and senior associate Oliver Kidd are also recommended. Whittaker and others advise Anheuser-Busch InBev's centralised procurement hub (which is based in Switzerland) on various issues, including large-scale global procurements of goods and services. KIA Motors, Accolade Wines and Kuoni Travel are among other clients.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Guildford- based Stevens & Bolton LLP¬† is praised by clients for ‚Äėoffering outstanding legal expertise and value-for-money‚Äô, the team has wide-ranging capabilities in strategic brand advice, protection and enforcement matters, licensing, sponsorship deals and reputation management, helping to attract¬†SME‚Äôs and established international clients. Tom Lingard¬† leads the group which includes Charlotte Tillett¬†, a specialist on protection and commercial exploitation of IP rights who has previously worked with clients such as Antonio Puig, FGX Europe and TEAZ Cosmetics Company. Lingard advises on all IP matters with a focus in litigation; he has assisted Brighton & Hove Football Club and Tough Mudder on trade mark enforcement matters and opposition proceedings in the UKIPO. In franchising Nicola Broadhurst¬† has worked with TM Lewin to secure an endorsement agreement with Gary Linekar. Senior associate Elaine O‚ÄôHare is regularly called to advice fashion and retail sector clients on IP matters; key highlights are assisting a leading French fashion house in relation to a comparative advertising dispute and acting Casino de Monte Carlo in a UK trade mark infringement case.

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Within: Leading individuals

Nicola Broadhurst - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Franchising

Stevens & Bolton LLP  runs the gamut of franchise work with clients that include Papa John's and My Cookie Dough. Practice head Nicola Broadhurst  has extensive experience in handling franchise agreements.  She advised TM Lewin & Sons on renewal agreements for its franchise operations in the Philippines, Nigeria and Ghana, as well as the termination of its development agreement in Indonesia. Other notable names include Sarah Murray, who focuses on contentious matters; property specialist Andrew Steele; brand protection and enforcement expert Tom Lingard; and Andrew Quick, who is experienced in disputes.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Stevens & Bolton LLP 's Guildford-based intellectual property team is highlighted as 'excellent', particularly for contentious matters. The department successfully defended Future Publishing in claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. In another work highlight practice head Tom Lingard led the successful representation of Snapbook Photo Printing Studio in trade mark infringement proceedings in both the UK and Poland. The group is also instructed by Kia Motors (UK), Accord Healthcare and new clients Samsung and Nintendo. Charlotte Tillett is another key name to note, Tillet and Lingard both attract praise for being 'responsive and pragmatic in their advice'. Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are singled out for technology sector matters and licensing of brands through franchising respectively.

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South East: TMT

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises both on contentious matters (including copyright and trade mark infringement issues, defamation and contractual disputes) and advisory and licensing work. Solicitor advocate Tom Lingard heads the sector offering and is primarily involved with litigation matters; Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare are other key figures on the contentious side. Lingard and Tillett advised digital content marketing agency Mediablaze on its investment from iCrossing, while Lingard and O’Hare represented Future Publishing in a claim for declaratory relief, breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. On the advisory side, commercial partners Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are key figures; project highlights include Broadhurst and associate Tom Collins handling the drafting and negotiation of an endorsement and image rights licence between client T.M Lewin & Sons and BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker.

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