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. Our meeting dates for 2018 are:

1 March – Marriott, Bristol

15 June – Cardiff

27 September – Bristol

23 November – Bristol

Next South-West Regional Meeting


Date: Friday 15 June – Cardiff

Location: Darwin Gray Offices, Helmont House, Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2HE

Time: 10.00am (10.30am start) – 12.30pm

We are looking forward to welcoming our members to the next regional meeting, the first one to be held in Cardiff, South Wales – hosted at Darwin Gray’s offices in Cardiff City Centre. We are excited to have Kate Methuen-Ley and Helen Corsi-Cadmore from Flying Tiger Copenhagen join us as guest speakers to tell us about their journey setting up and growing their business. We will also be discussing managing the resale process.

Photos of our EWIF South-West Regional Meetings