In this chapter, we highlight 29 leading practitioners who apply their impressive knowledge of franchise law to assist franchisors and franchisees in contentious and non-contentious proceedings.
Most Highly Regarded
HWL Ebsworth performs well with a total of four listings in this chapter.
Derek Sutherland is revered as “extremely knowledgeable on Australian franchise law” and is a go-to for compliance programmes and due diligence in M&A transactions.
Sean O’Donnell possesses “incredible market understanding” and is highly esteemed for his contentious and non-contentious advice to franchisors and retailers.
Allison McLeod “always takes a keen interest in the details of any matter, and goes out of her way to provide clear, concise and commercial solutions to problems”.
Tony Garrisson is endorsed for his impressive franchise profile which covers the full spectrum of matters, from business structuring and contract disputes to consumer issues.
Maddocks achieves three nominations.
Greg Hipwell is a top name in the market who “provides pragmatic advice and takes into account the strict legal aspects and the operations of a business”.
Shaun Temby is an immensely talented litigator who is well versed in competition and consumer law, which enables him to advise on all elements of franchising issues.
Fiona Wallwork is looked upon with enormous favour for her commercially astute advice to major franchisors in the restaurant and fashion industries.
MST Lawyers also receives three listings.
Raynia Theodore has amassed considerable experience advising domestic retail chains and international franchisors seeking entry to the Australian market.
Alicia Hill is a top-notch practitioner who is held in high regard for her expertise in franchise disputes.
Philip Colman is venerated for his “excellent knowledge of franchise law, business law and commercial litigation”, with clients adding: “His advice is always clear, and he takes a practical approach to problem-solving.”
John Sier is an impressive practitioner who adeptly advises Australian and global franchisors in all elements of their business.
Stephen Giles at Norton Rose Fulbright is hailed as “the godfather of franchising” with deep-seated knowledge of franchising laws. He regularly provides stellar advice to major retail networks and franchisors.
Nigel Jones is “well entrenched in the franchising space” thanks to his first-class disputes practice, with a niche in representing clients in the retail and trade distribution industries.
At Baker McKenzie, Penny Ward enjoys a stellar reputation as an “excellent operator” who is noted for her impressive practice which encompasses complex distribution agreements and regulatory matters.
Tamra Seaton of MDS Legal is hailed as an “excellent and knowledgeable commercial franchising adviser”.
Corinne Attard at Holman Webb possesses “extensive franchising experience” and is “highly visible in the industry”.
Judith Miller of Wrays IP draws praise for her “strong knowledge of the franchise code” and is “technically brilliant”.
Warren Scott at Mills Oakley displays exceptional knowledge of franchising law and distribution matters.
Josh Simons of Thomson Geer is a preeminent practitioner with remarkable experience assisting domestic franchise systems in their global growth.
Iain Irvine of KHQ Lawyers garners plaudits for providing “excellent support and always being responsive” across the full gamut of franchising matters.