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John Chambers

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John has specialised in franchising for over 20 years.

He read law at University College London and worked in the City of London for Mitsui, a Japanese trading company, and in the Middle East for Turner & Newall Plc. 

John then worked in sales and contract management roles in the oil industry, first in the UK and then abroad before deciding that he could provide more commercially focused and practical advice than he was receiving from lawyers. He re-trained as a solicitor and worked for two leading international law firms prior to setting up Chambers & Co in 1998. After establishing himself as one of the UK’s leading franchise lawyers and acting for 20% of the franchisors in the UK, Ashtons Legal acquired the practice in early 2012.




University College London

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Within: Leading individuals

John Chambers - Ashtons Legal

Within: Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Ashtons Legal has a strong regional corporate and commercial practice that houses significant expertise and experience in its Norwich office. James Tarling's clients are ‘very impressed by his pragmatism in tough negotiations and his willingness to make himself available out of hours to meet clients’ needs and keep the deal moving'. He specialises in M&A deals in sectors such as food and beverage, technology and motorsport, and is knowledgeable in the area of data protection. He acted for directors of civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancy BHA Holdings Ltd in their MBO of the company, and advised the owner of Dingles Motor Group on his sale of the business. Consultant John Chambers leads one of the region’s most outstanding specialist franchising teams. He and Damian Humphrey, who is ‘knowledgeable on all aspects of franchising and related law', are highly recommended for advice to franchise businesses on corporate matters. Associate Mark Watson, who handled the purchase of family entertainment park Pettitts Animal Adventure Park on behalf of Abbotts Leisure Parks, is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Franchising

Norwich-based Ashtons Legal  works for domestic clients wishing to expand overseas as well as international clients looking to enter the UK market. Damian Humphrey  heads the practice and recently advised easyGym on establishing its UK franchising operations and on its license to use the 'easy' brand. Consultant John Chambers  is also a key figure and assisted BUBBLEOLOGY on ending its existing master license for Switzerland  and re-granting development rights to a new operator. Associate Tracy Williamson is another notable name.

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