Hello and welcome to the EWIF South-West & Wales page.


I’m Stephen Thompson, the EWIF South West and Wales Regional Chair.

I am head of the corporate/commercial department at Darwin Gray Solicitors, which includes our franchising team. We are a commercial law firm based in Cardiff.

Stephen Thompson, Darwin Gray

Our specialist franchising team provides expert advice in all areas of franchise law and practice. When necessary we work alongside other departments in the firm including commercial property, employment/HR and also commercial dispute resolution. 

As an affiliate member of the British Franchise Association, I have been advising businesses in the franchising sector for approximately 20 years. In addition to advising on the legal aspects of franchising, my colleagues and I regularly speak at franchising events.

I am pleased to be chairing the newly consolidated EWIF South West and Wales Region, to help grow the presence of EWIF in Wales and build on the excellent work that is being done for franchisors and franchisees across the region.

Next South-West Regional Meeting

Date: Friday 24th November 2017

Timings: 9:30am-1pm

Concorde Suite
Bristol Marriott City Centre,
2 Lower Castle Street,
Old Market

Click here for directions to the venue and for parking information.

At the meeting we will be discussing the importance of effective branding and marketing. We are delighted to have Paula Morris and Anna Sherer joining us to talk about The Importance of Branding.

Following the presentation, we will then have a round-table discussion kicking off with how to address problems of rogue franchisees, and moving on to other issues franchisors are facing at the moment. As always, the meeting will also offer a great opportunity for networking and sharing ideas.

Photos of our EWIF South-West Regional Meetings