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Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Chris Wormald
35 Vine Street
EC3N 2AA London

Phone +44 (0)20 7861 4299
+44 (0)7872 8222 359
Fax +44 (0)20 7488 0084


Partner and Chairman of the European Franchising Network


Chris Wormald Co-Head of franchising Chris is internationally recognised as a leader in his field. Chris joined Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP along with the other leading franchise lawyers from Eversheds in May 2008 where he had run the franchising practice for twelve years. Before that he was General Counsel and a Vice-President of McDonald’s Europe for ten years. Along with his colleague Dr Martin Mendelsohn, Chris is the only lawyer outside North America to be ranked (by recommendation of General Counsel and other specialists) by Who’s Who Legal in the top ten “Most Highly Regarded Individuals " of its table of twenty-two franchise lawyers from its 2008 survey of 175 specialists in 45 countries.


Chris specialises in all aspects of franchising, advising companies considering franchising and alternative expansion options, joint ventures and strategic alliances, ranging from small start-ups to major corporations considering re-engineering and international expansion, and government organisations. He works across commercial sectors and has advised major national and international brands on expansion into most parts of the world. He is retained as leading franchise counsel to a number of major domestic and international franchisors, advising on all aspects of the development of their networks and ongoing relationships with their franchisees and business partners.


Chris belongs to a number of legal and business organisations, and writes and speaks frequently both in the UK and overseas. He co-authored “The Guide to Franchising in UK Pubs and Restaurants" for specialist UK publishers and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Franchising Law. He is a member of the Legal Committee of the British Franchise Association, is on the Board of the lobbying organisation Business In Sport & Leisure Limited . He is also a member of the ABA Franchise Forum and IBA Franchising Committee.Over recent years has been consistently rated by Chambers and Legal 500 Directories as in top rank of franchise specialists in the UK. He is recognised in the Legal Business Guide to Legal Experts 2008 as an expert in franchising.

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