- Commercial contracts
- franchising and other licensing arrangements
- business terms and conditions – b2b and b2c
- website terms and conditions and privacy policies
- agency and distribution
- data protection including new GDPR coming into force in May 2018
- supply agreements
- manufacturing agreements
- sponsorship agreements
- consumer protection
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 Emily has specialised in assisting businesses, large and small, with their commercial legal needs, whether this be drafting a set of terms and conditions for use by an online retailer, reviewing the terms of a long term supply agreement or advising a franchisee where they stand upon the termination of their Franchise Agreement.
Emily is an approachable lawyer who takes a practical commercial approach when outlining the legal position and consequences. Emily is an efficient and accurate drafter of legal documents, especially commercial contracts. She concentrates on cementing relationships with her clients so they feel at ease to pick up the phone to her as part of their in house support.
Emily specialises in franchising, advising franchisors and franchisees on their franchise agreements and other associated documentation. Emily has drafted many franchise agreements in a range of business sectors and is on the panel of recommended lawyers for a major high street chain of hairdressers and a care franchise for her franchisee work. To date, she has reviewed more franchise agreements than she can recall, ranging from high street retail to baby swimming and just about everything in between! On this basis she is able to use her experience to offer a cost effective, fixed fee report service (current fee £525 plus VAT) for prospective franchisees ensuring they fully understand the implications of what they are signing up to.
Paris Smith are Affiliate members of the British Franchise Association (bfa) and Emily is the nominated contact. Emily is also a member of Encouraging Women into Franchising. Click on the logos to see more.
The bfa is the only voluntary self-regulatory body for the UK franchise industry, with a standards based approach to membership. Its aim is to promote ethical franchising practice in the UK and help the industry develop credibility, influence and favourable circumstance for growth.
The recruitment sector is also an area in which Emily has particular expertise. Emily spent time seconded to a large international recruitment agency providing support to their internal legal team. During this time she reviewed numerous contracts for the business with their clients for the supply of permanent and temporary staff. She also advised the business on various issues relating to their temporary workers and also the impact of the Agency Worker legislation. Emily is therefore well placed to advise clients in the recruitment sector.
Emily joined the Paris Smith commercial team in January 2011 and works alongside Crispin Dick, Laura Trapnell, Arezou Rezai and Ryan Mitchell.
- Beware oral variations
- Encouraging Women into Franchising
- Failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion – are you aware of the new offence?
- What should franchise businesses be doing now to be compliant with GDPR by 25 May 2018?
- A customer is withholding payment: What are my options?
- Can good faith be taken for granted in franchise agreements? (appearing in Elite Franchise Magazine)
- Top legal tips for franchisees (appearing on Whichfranchise.com)
- Renewing the franchise agreement (appearing on Whichfranchise.com)
Emily was able to understand the critical elements of our proposals, and give excellent advice in a timely manner. We use her as a one-stop shop where we need legal advice in this area!
- Cark Maunsell, MD, Oat Services Ltd
We are a small charity and needed a quick legal ‘sanity check’ on a document. Emily did this for us at very short notice and was to the point and really helpful.
- Benedict Kelly
Home-Start Andover & District