Darwin Gray

About Darwin Gray

We are a commercial law firm, based Cardiff. We are proud of our reputation for using a practical and solution-focused approach when helping our clients. We provide a full range of business legal services and aim to achieve a thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses. This allows us to build strong long-term partnerships.

Our clients are based across the UK, and include individual entrepreneurs and executives, small and medium sized businesses and PLCs.

We handle a wide variety of general and specialist legal work. Our teams have the expertise to deal efficiently with your business’ day to day legal issues. Passion for their respective sectors gives our lawyers a crucial advantage when dealing with your legal matters.

Our specialist Franchising team

Our Franchising team provides both franchisors and franchisees with expert legal advice in all areas of franchise law and practice. We provide our clients with the “highest standard of advice at a reasonable rate” (Legal 500).

In addition to specific advice on franchise agreements, we advise both franchisors and franchisees on other legal issues relating to their businesses. Our Franchising team works alongside our Employment and HR, Commercial Property, Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution teams to provide our clients with a comprehensive service.

Partner Stephen Thompson heads our franchising team, with over 25 years’ experience in advising on franchising issues and in particular the buying and selling franchises.

Stephen holds the British Franchise Association’s “Qualified Franchise Professional” (QFP) accreditation, as does Siobhan Williams, an associate within the team.

Stephen is also the chair of the South West and Wales branch of Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF).

Why choose Darwin Gray? 

Our team offers:

  • expert legal advice
  • a high-quality service
  • responsiveness and reliability
  • transparent and fair pricing
  • a personal and friendly approach
  • fixed fees for reviewing and drafting franchise agreements

Our experience

Examples of the services we offer include both legal and consultancy services. We provide a full range of legal services for prospective and existing franchisees as well as new and existing franchisors. Examples of these services include:


  • Legal aspects of establishing a new Franchise
  • Master Licence Agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Software Licence Agreements
  • Advice and assistance with non-legal Franchising issues
  • Franchise disputes
  • Employment and HR advice
  • Intellectual Property Rights issues
  • Commercial Property and leases
  • Franchise resales


  • Advice on franchise agreements including
    – detailed letter of advice
    – comprehensive legal briefing notes
  • Commercial Property issues
  • Buying and selling existing franchises
  • Franchise disputes
  • Advice on Commercial Leases

If you are interested in discussing our services, please contact:

Stephen Thompson
DD: 029 2082 9136
Mob: 079 7016 0166
Email: sthompson@darwingray.com

www.darwingray.com | 029 2082 9100 | @DarwinGrayLLP

Darwin Gray LLP, Helmont House, Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2HE

Quality Accreditation

The AFA provides the Franchise Industry within the United Kingdom with a voluntary, self-regulatory body; serving its members, potential new franchisees and the industry as a whole.

Ethical Values

Our Ethical Practises

Our Values & Principles ensure our organisation remains focused and driven to our collective objectives, surrounding the growth, development and awareness of the Franchise Industry within the United Kingdom.

Support and Information


Whether you are seeking a franchise opportunity or are an existing franchisor, the AFA provides you with guidance, support and straightforward advice.



We are committed to supporting the collective franchising community and ultimately contributing to the development of the UK franchising industry.

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