Gordon Drakes | Fieldfisher
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My practice centres on helping businesses to protect and commercialise their IP by growing their presence in domestic and international markets. I specialise in third-party relationship models such as franchising, agency, distribution, selective distribution, manufacturing and licensing, commercial joint ventures and strategic alliances.

I have advised on high-profile and innovative deals in the retail, food & beverage, leisure and entertainment, services, healthcare and education sectors. With over 18 years of experience, I can help clients with their strategic planning and ensure that they avoid common pitfalls, including navigating them through complex international regulatory and local law issues.

I am very proud that our team is ranked consistently in the top-tier for commercial contracts, franchising and licensing by Chambers & Partners, the Legal500 and Who's Who Legal.

  • Who's Who Franchising 2024 ranks me as a "Global Elite Thought Leader"
  • Legal 500 2024 ranks me as a Leading Individual for Franchising (the Fieldfisher franchise team is Tier 1)
  • Chambers & Partners UK ranks Fieldfisher in Tier 1 for franchising, and has done for the last 17 consecutive years.
  • Gordon is a member of the British Franchise Association's Legal Committee, and Fieldfisher has been a BFA accredited law firm since 1997.


What others say…

Fieldfisher had created our entire franchise agreement and all the related documents such as the adoption agreement, nondisclosure, etc. Gordon and his team are very professional and supportive, as we are new in the field and have little experience in legal procedure and contracts, they answered our questions in-depth patiently. It is something certainly very appreciated. The team is also very responsive and organized. You can always find the key person for your questions.

Legal 500

Gordon Drakes has not only a profound knowledge of franchise law, but he is also willing to share and teach our team. It’s not easy to work with someone who has no legal background like me. Gordon supported us through the whole contract negotiation process and provided to-the-point answers, arguments, and negotiations to the counterpart. He never hesitates to support us and give us quick feedback and suggestion.

Legal 500

Highly recommended for his incredibly specialised repertoire in franchising law and is held in high esteem for his incisive handling of complex franchising and hospitality matters.

Legal 500

Gordon is very good at franchising; he understands it inside-out.

Chambers UK

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