Nicola Broadhurst > Stevens & Bolton LLP > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Work Department

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).

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising

(Leading individuals)

Nicola BroadhurstStevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP places particular emphasis on assisting its diverse client roster with ethical franchising issues, which includes franchisors, multi-unit operators, master franchisees, and franchisees in the retail, quick-service restaurants and casual dining, leisure and hospitality, and education industries. Its offering is wide ranging and encompasses setting up franchise documentation, handling disputes, expansion support, and real estate-related mandates. Nicola Broadhurst sits at the helm of the practice in Guildford, with broad expertise in fashion and luxury brands and international expansion. Broadhurst is supported by Tom Lingard, who is skilled in contentious matters and brand protection, and dispute resolution expert Catherine Penny.

London > Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure

The team at Stevens & Bolton LLP caters to the gamut of clients in the hospitality and leisure sector, including hotels, travel providers, restaurants, pubs and bars, casinos and digital leisure activity providers. Key areas of expertise include business set-up, expansion, construction, staffing and management, portfolio management, financing, and brand management, with recent growth in instructions relating to immersive leisure experiences and insolvency issues. Overseeing the team is Helen Wheddon, who specialises in property-related disputes. Another key member of the team is commercial expert Nicola Broadhurst, who assists fashion and luxury brand clients with international expansion through franchising, licensing, and distribution. Charles Maurice heads the technology group and co-heads the sports sector group, acting for start-ups, well-known brands, sports clubs and sponsors. Ben Willis is well placed to assist with issues pertaining to non-contentious construction matters and engineering projects.