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Lisa Sen

India business, Franchising (UK), Franchise Disputes

Lisa is a dual qualified lawyer (Solicitor (England & Wales) and Indian Advocate) with 22 years’ experience.

She works in the franchise team at Cubism Law and specialises in international brand expansion and UK franchising.

Lisa is a dual qualified lawyer (Solicitor (England & Wales) and Indian Advocate) with 22 years’ experience. She works in the franchise team at Cubism Law and specialises in international brand expansion and franchising.

Lisa advises and assists business owners to expand their brand and business locally and internationally using various business models including franchising, licensing, joint ventures, distribution and e-commerce. Over the last two decades she has developed a deep knowledge of growing businesses across a range of different industry sectors include food & beverages, retail, hospitality, services, estate agencies and education. She also advises franchisees in relation to buying a franchise.

Lisa has been providing advice and assistance to companies and international brands with business interests in India and Indian companies entering the UK. Such work requires practical knowledge of commercial, cultural and legal issues. She manages disputes between companies and their business partners in other jurisdictions by working with a network of foreign law firms. Lisa also assisted some international brands in relation to their global roll-out.

Lisa qualified as a Barrister in 1995 and enrolled as an Indian Advocate. In India Lisa practised law when it was opening to international business and advised many foreign businesses and multi-national corporations on entering the country, brand expansion and dispute resolution. Lisa also structured franchise and other arm’s length business transactions to fit around regulations at the time as those models were new to the country. Lisa co-authored the first book on ͞Franchising in India͟ published by Eastern Law House in 1998.

Lisa became a Solicitor (England & Wales) in 2003 and worked on a mix of general commercial matters and franchising and joined Fieldfisher LLP in 2007, a firm that specialised in franchising.


Franchising UK

  • Advising on different structures suitable for growth of the business, and pros and cons of each model
  • Country specific advice including regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Franchise agreements (including Unit, Development and Master Franchise), Disclosure Documents, Licence Agreements, Guarantees, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Distribution Agreements, Terms and Conditions of sale, various policies including Social Media, Privacy, Anti-bribery and Modern Slavery Act

International brand expansion & India:

  • Instructing foreign lawyers to assist with compliance with local laws, registration of trademarks and with respect to resolving disputes whether through courts or arbitration
  • Advice in respect of expansion into India using the franchise model by international and British restaurants, cafespizza, sandwich, burger,ice-cream chains, toy retailers, fashion, hairdressing, education, and hotel brands. Negotiating with Indian parties
  • Global roll-out of franchise brands in various sectors including gym/fitness, clothing/fashion, toys, cafes and restaurants
  • Managing disputes in India with for UK based public sector brand, international hotel chain and entertainment brand by working with local law firms in respect of law suits in local courts
  • 2016 - 2017 Franchising and Brand Expansion Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors
  • 2007 - 2016 Consultant at Fieldfisher LLP (London office) with the Commercial IP/Franchising group and India Desk
  • 1998 - 2007 Independent Legal Consultant specialising in India related matters, and interim roles at Zaiwalla & Co (London), RNC Legal (New Delhi) and Fenwick & Co (London).
  • 1995 -1998 J.B. Dadachanji & Co (New Delhi)