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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: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Stevens & Bolton LLP  provides 'superb legal services', with expertise across a the full spectrum of IP, brand management and commercial matters, ranging from trade mark registration, protection and enforcement matters to online monitoring, licensing and franchising. Tom Lingard heads the IP group; other noted team members are Charlotte Tillett for joint development agreements, licensing and contentious IP, and Nicola Broadhurst for licensing brands through franchising. Associate Elaine O'Hare continues to be active in trade mark infringement disputes, particularly in the fashion and retail sector.

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Nicola Broadhurst - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Franchising

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s franchising team sits within the firm’s corporate and commercial department and includes practitioners from the dispute resolution, real estate and banking and finance teams, among others. Nicola Broadhurst heads up the group and has notable expertise in international franchise expansions, master franchise agreements, area development agreements and international unit franchise agreements. The practice also handles franchise business establishments, international issues, franchise disputes, IP-related work, ethical franchising, e-commerce matters, network resales and property mandates. Sarah Murray and Andrew Quick are the key contacts for contentious work, Andrew Steele handles real estate matters and Helen Wheddon focuses on property disputes, and Tom Lingard is an expert in brand protection and enforcement issues.

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