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Gurmeet Jakhu

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Emms Gilmore Liberson

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Franchising / Commercial




  • Gurmeet joined EGL in January 2018 having worked in franchising for some 17 years, including as company secretary at a leading franchisor company, a niche franchise law firm and more recently at a top 100 law firm.  Gurmeet deals with a variety of franchise and commercial agreement issues.  His key focus is to ensure that clients’ trading agreements are sufficiently robust to minimise and mitigate against legal and business risk and that clients receive timely and pragmatic advice to ensure that issues are resolved quickly and cost effectively.

    When it comes to disputes, he is a keen advocate of mediation and other forms of ADR. Gurmeet’s significant experience of bringing or defending claims in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal will ensure that your disputes are pursued with the necessary skill and tenacity.

    He has lectured at numerous international and national conferences, bfa events and is a published author on franchising. He is also an Executive Member of the Asian Business Chambers of Commerce and sits on the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Birmingham Law Society.

    Gurmeet’s breadth of experience, includes:

    • Setting up and structuring franchise businesses
    • Auditing pre contractual material and undertaking due diligence
    • Advising on, reviewing and amending franchise and commercial agreements
    • Trade Mark, software licenses and advising on Intellectual Property protection
    • Franchise disputes and compliance issues
    • Renewals
    • Sale and purchase of franchise businesses
    • Termination, negotiating and drafting settlement agreements
    • Advising on post termination steps to include enforcing restrictive covenants
    • Advising on dispute avoidance and managing disputes
    • Acting for and against franchisee group actions
    • Domestic and international franchising
    • Commercial agreements and dispute resolution
    • Agency and Distribution Agreement

Articles by Gurmeet

Gurmeet authors, and appears in, many articles about Franchising. Examples are below – please click on the links

NatWest : Running a Franchise – six factors to get right

KFC runs out of Chicken!

What is Franchising?


British Franchising Association

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson ’s corporate and commercial team ‘has a great depth of knowledge – clients are always confident that their interests are properly and expertly represented’. The firm handles corporate transactions in a range of sectors, including professional services (in which Stephen Gilmore advised a law firm on a merger), opticians, logistics and manufacturing. Associate director Jon Start (‘very knowledgable and goes above and beyond’) takes leading roles in eight-figure deals, and fellow associate director Ruth Murday takes leading roles in complex tax-driven corporate transactions such as capital reductions demergers. Matthew Jackson (also an associate director) joined from BPE Solicitors LLP in Cheltenham, bringing commercial contracts expertise in areas such as IT outsourcing. Director Gurmeet Jakhu joined the firm from Knights Professional Services Limited in 2018 and is noted for his franchising expertise. Gregory Emms is another key contact at partner level. Clients include Frontmatec Group, which Start and director Peter Adkins advised on the purchase of Accles & Shevloke.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson ‘definitely punches above its weight’ –  ‘it is making significant inroads in to business to business disputes in the region using its flexibility to real advantage in how it meets client needs’. Director Richard Cooper is ‘brilliant – he is there when clients need him, and the way he manages cases in court is both professional and extremely clever; his attention to detail and client care are both first-class’ has a practice which includes such varied matters as shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant litigation and unjust enrichment claims. Peter Adkins, another director, has aviation expertise. Director Gurmeet Jakhu joined on January 2018 from Knights Professional Services Limited, while associate director Fabienne McAllister joined from Lanyon Bowdler.

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