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

8 June – Cardiff

27 September – Bristol

23 November – Bristol

Next South-West Regional Meeting


Due to the impending snowfall this week, we have taken the decision to move the meeting to next week.

We’ve also had some feedback that the current start time was a little early for those of you who need to travel, and therefore we have pushed that back a little.

The next meeting will now be on Thursday 8th March in Marriott in Bristol. Starting at 10am (although we will be there from 9:30am for those who can arrive a little earlier and want to network / catch up).

NEW DATE: 08/03/2018
Times: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Venue: Marriott, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD

Apologies for the short notice, but hopefully this will avoid any treacherous journeys across the Westcountry!

Any queries, give us a shout.

We hope to see you next week! 🙂

Photos of our EWIF South-West Regional Meetings