John Pratt

Main Focus

National and international franchising and distribution law, especially the drafting and negotiation of franchise agreements, and related agreements such as confidentiality agreements and deposit agreements, preparing master franchise agreements and reviewing foreign franchise agreements to ensure compliance with mandatory legal requirements, advising on franchise disputes and advising on competition law issues (both EU and UK)


English and French


Law degree from Oxford University and a doctorate course in comparative law at the Université d’Aix-Marseille
Admitted 1977

Professional Experience

Partner in a specialist franchise law firm
Previous Managing Partner at Pinsent Masons


Member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Franchise Forum and past director of its International Franchising and Distribution Division
Member of the International Bar Association’s International Franchising Committee and past chairman
Member of EFL


Author of the UK’s text book on franchising law – “Franchising: Law & Practice”
Contributor to the franchising chapter of “Practical Commercial Precedents” and a contributor to the ABA’s publications – “Fundamentals of International Franchising” and “Fundamentals of Franchising” and joint editor of the ABA’s book on franchising in Europe


Recipient of the ABA’s John Baer Award for professionalism and civility in International Franchising
Past Legal Advisor to the British Franchise Association