Chris Wormald

United Kingdom



Phone: +44 7714 215 027

Chris Wormald

Main Focus

Specialises in domestic and international structuring of business expansion models using alternatives to corporate expansion: main focus on franchising, and agency, distribution and hybrid corporate franchise models. Also advises not-for profits and government agencies. Over 30 years specializing in franchising, including 10 years in-house with McDonald’s Europe MEA HQ team (200-2000 store expansion into many new countries). Also advises master and country franchisees; and franchisee groups on relationship issues.



English, German, French



Cambridge University (1977 BA Law, MA)
Admitted as Solicitor 1979


Professional Experience 

Associate (international tax) Simmons & Simmons, London & Brussels General Counsel & Vice President McDonald’s EMEA, Frankfurt and London (10 years) Partner, Eversheds LLP London Director, Eversheds Franchising Services in association with Horwath Ltd Partner, co-head of franchising, Fieldfisher LLP London   Director, FFW Consultancy LLP (non-legal franchising and alternative structuring consultancy)


Memberships – Publications – Ratings

English Solicitor, British Franchise Association, American Bar Association, International Bar Association (Member "International Franchising Committee" of the International Bar Association).
Membership EuroFranchise Lawyers.
Writes and speaks frequently on franchising, alternatives to corporate structures, and international expansion.
Various books, including Franchising in UK Pubs and Restaurants; Alternative Corporate Re-engineering. 

For many years consistently rated as top rank franchising expert by independent legal directories.