Gurmeet Jakhu

Specialist in Commercial Contracts, Franchising and
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Gurmeet is recognised as a leading franchise and commercial specialist with 20 years’ experience, including as company secretary at a leading franchisor company and a niche franchise law firm.  Gurmeet’s extensive experience and knowledge of franchising and commercial law includes advising on contractual documentation necessary to set up a franchise business, drafting agreements, dispute resolution, construction and interpretation of contracts, termination rights and enforcement of restrictive covenants.  He has acted for both franchisors and franchisees in many of the leading cases in franchising.

Gurmeet also deals with a variety of other commercial agreements including agency, distribution and supply agreements.  His key focus is to ensure that clients’ trading agreements are sufficiently robust to minimise and mitigate against legal and business risk and that clients receive timely and pragmatic advice to ensure that any issues are resolved quickly and cost effectively.

Gurmeet is familiar with issues and challenges encountered by franchisors and businesses and can rely on this experience to achieve early and cost effective solutions.  When it comes to disputes, Gurmeet is a keen advocate of early dispute resolution and ADR.  His extensive experience of bringing or defending claims in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal will ensure that your dispute, if not capable of being resolved early on, will be pursued with the necessary skill and tenacity.

Gurmeet is a member of the Birmingham Law Society Dispute Resolution Committee and was, until recently, an Executive Committee Member of the Asian Chambers of Commerce.  He has previously been listed in Legal 500 and Chambers, lectured at numerous international and national conferences and is a recognised author on franchising and commercial law.

Gurmeet is a visiting lecturer at the University of Law (contract & commercial law and dispute resolution).

Experience

Drafting franchise agreement for a new franchisor and guiding the client through the necessary steps required to establish the business
Defending claims pursued against one of the largest franchisors in the UK to protect their brands, commercial interests and ensure compliance with the contract
Acting for potential investors and amending commercial agreements associated with multi-unit franchise acquisitions
Drafting sales agreements and amending franchise agreements for an established franchisor
Drafting a new commercial trading agreement for a leading courier firm
Amending and re-drafting commercial trading agreement for a national retail brand