John has exceptional expertise in franchising and I’m delighted to be working with him in order to provide our client’s with real depth, knowledge and understanding of this important area of law. Not only is John truly appreciative of what it takes to grow a business through franchising, he is a thoroughly great guy to work with. He is a tremendous asset to our team.
Elizabeth Ward, Principal Virtuoso Legal
John Burchill, a consultant at Virtuoso Legal has more than 25 years experience working as an in-house lawyer and legal director for a wide range of blue chip companies. He has worked in financial services, insurance, engineering and manufacturing, cosmetics, food, health and other industry sectors working with companies such as Lloyds Bank, GE Capital, Eaton Corporation, The Body Shop International, Domino’s Pizza Group, Marstons Plc and Mail Boxes to name but a few. In addition to working with Virtuoso Legal John acts as a trusted adviser and flexible GC through his own company Business Lawyer UK Limited.
John has extensive experience in franchising primarily gained through his roles at The Body Shop and Domino’s where he was Group Commercial Legal Adviser and Legal Director for more than 8 years in total. He is experienced in advising franchisors and franchisees both in the UK and internationally. His expertise extends far beyond drafting franchise agreements and includes understanding the dynamics of the franchisor/franchisee relationship, the importance of getting franchisee selection right, the value in developing a tight model and process, the importance of obtaining information from your franchise system and how to use it and the disciplines required to ensure that your franchise system operates to capacity and in an optimum way.
John works with the Virtuoso team to deliver the complete Franchising and Intellectual Property advisory and legal service to new and established franchisors as well as franchisees. Having expertise and perspectives in relation to both sides of the franchise relationship helps us to provide a rounded and highly informed service.
John acted as our legal director on a part time basis for 5 years during a key period in our growth
Stephen Hemsley – Chairman Domino’s Pizza Plc
John helped us with some key intellectual property issues. He responded quickly and gave pragmatic commercial advice. We would highly recommend John for business focused legal support.
Simon Cowie – Chairman Mail Boxes Etc
John has acted as our flexible legal director for 4 years providing pragmatic commercial advice and invaluable mentoring to our commercial team.
John Niland – CEO Provide CIC
Notable Clients include
- Body Shop International
- Dominos Pizzas Group
- Marstens PLC
- GE Capital
- Lloyds Bank
- Mail Boxes