Robert qualified in 2008 and became an Associate at Cubism Law in 2011 following an outstanding run of success in a number of high value and complex franchise disputes.
Robert’s expertise includes: advising on a range of commercial disputes with a focus on franchising and licensing; including misrepresentation, termination and securing/resisting injunctions to enforce non-compete provisions. He has substantial experience of representing clients in mediations, arbitrations and High Court proceedings, with a one hundred percent success record at trial.
Robert now takes a leading role on most commercial litigation instructions for the department. He also provides advice in relation to employment disputes and is an active member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation, Franchising and Licensing and Contentious Employment.
Cubism secures six figure interim payment following success in trial of liability in misrepresentation action against international pizza franchise 'Papa John's'. Papa John's GB Ltd v Elsada Doyley
Cubism represents franchisee following sale of the 'Bairstow Eves, Countrywide' estate agency business to new owners 'Hunters' and subsequent rebranding program. Court rules that Hunters' decision on the morning of the trial to permit TBE to continue to trade as 'Bairstow Eves' and not rebrand as 'Hunters' is victory for the Claimant and awards costs on that basis. Thomas Brown Estates v Hunters Partners Ltd 2012] EWHC 21 (QB) and  EWHC 30 (QB).
Cubism secures judgment in High Court for in excess of £100,000 in unpaid franchise fees. Jani-King (GB) Ltd v Alan Manchett  EWHC 1659. (QB)
Robert regularly contributes articles on legal issues in franchising to the Financial Times and trade press including Franchise World and Business Franchise magazine the Official journal of the BFA (British Franchise Association).
You can read Robert's latest article on: what to do as your franchise term comes to an end - here.
Chambers & Partners 2013 states that: " "Robert Bedford has expertise in advising on commercial disputes centred around franchising and licensing. He recently led when Cubism assisted Jani-King on the matter of Jani-King v Manchett. Sources say that he “follows up on issues promptly. He is constructive and seeks clarification” to ensure the best for clients." "
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