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LES London Meeting

23 May 2013 17:30 to 20:30

“Collaboration – Licensing Meets Franchising”

Bristows, London

LES B&I CPD Ref No: CBL/LESO (1 hour accredited to CPD Points)

Franchising, Licensing, Collaboration, Replication - so often we hear different names used for much the same thing or possibly even mis-used or mis-understood? LES is delighted to host this session on franchising - trying to demystify it, clear some of the misconceptions but also try and help you understand how it stands alone and apart as a distinct form of licensing or business relationship. Why have some brands and businesses been so successful and how do they do it.


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'Franchising Unlocked'
Manzoor G K  Ishani,  MA (St.Andrews), Solicitor

International Franchise Development Director of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd (and Managing Director of its German Division). Also Senior Solicitor Consultant with Sherards (Solicitors)

Has more than 30 years experience in the U.K. and international licensing, franchising and distribution law and has lectured on the subject for various organisations and institutions (including the International Bar Association, the City of Westminster Law Society, the International Franchise Association, the European Franchise Federation, The Institute of Marketing, NatWest Bank, Barclays Bank and RBS) to businessmen, academics and lawyers in Mexico, America, Canada, United Kingdom, the Middle East, Scandinavia, continental Europe and Australia. Has assisted franchisors to franchise in 30 countries.

The Legal 500  - “Manzoor Ishani is a leader in the field of U.K. and international franchising”

'So what's Franchising all about?'
Rob Looker, LLB (Hons) Director, Highbury Limited & CEO Prism Places Social Enterprise Limited

Rob is a leading UK Commercial and Social Franchise, Licensing and replicatory growth specialist.
Rob was the British Franchise Association’s (BFA) first Accreditation Manager, responsible for membership and exhibition accreditation, establishing the BFA’s national franchisee and franchisor workshop programme and also led on the BFA’s redevelopment of its Dispute Resolution Procedure implementing its Mediation programme.

Rob has developed and delivered comprehensive franchise support programmes of workshops, tools advice and support services Business Links and a Pan London Franchisee programme for the former London Development Agency. Through that time advising and supporting many commercial and social businesses in the early (and not so early) stages of development of their franchise or replicatory growth strategies.

He is also a leading figure in the developing area of social franchising and replication delivering a number of successful programmes for Social Enterprise UK.

Simon Chalkley, LLB (Birmingham), Founding Partner, Redd Solicitors LLP

Simon, a founding partner of Redd, is a highly experienced lawyer specialising in intellectual property law with particular experience in transactions concerning the commercial exploitation of intellectual property assets including licensing, technology transfer, franchising, e-commerce and distribution agreements both in the UK and internationally. He also advises on contractual disputes relating to IP and technology transactions as well as competition law issues relating to commercial agreements.

Clients cover a broad range of brand and innovation-led businesses including fashion and luxury brands, computer games, telecoms and consumer electronics.

He has been recognised for many years as a "leading individual" in intellectual property by Chambers UK Guide to the UK Legal Profession.

He is a lecturer on IP licensing and tutors and examines on copyright and designs on the Oxford University Post-Graduate IP Diploma Course.

Simon is regarded for his highly commercial, down to earth approach. Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession has commented that "clients singled out the "knowledgeable and extremely commercial" Simon Chalkley underlining his ability to "cut through the legal side of things and get straight to the heart of the matter".

Regularly delivers talks in the UK and overseas on IP matters.

Simon is married with three children. He lives in rural Bedfordshire and when he is not working likes to spend as much time as he can in the Alps skiing, snowboarding and when the snow has gone enjoying other Alpine pursuits.