According to the legal directories (Legal 500 2022) clients say:

‘Friendly and willing to explain things clearly. Returned calls when messages were left. Answered questions and dealt with my requirements in good time. Provided a good written document/report for me to refer back to when needed. ‘

‘They understand my business very well and they also understand me very well so they are able to tailor their advice to meet my specific needs and requirements. They are always available and respond to my calls, even when they are on holiday.’

We have specialised in franchise work for over 15 years. We have assisted national and international franchisor and franchisee businesses in developing their businesses and strategies in the industry sector. Our clients range from major household names to business start-ups where franchising is the next step in their business evolution.

Key services offered

  • Strategic Reviews and expansion
  • Employment and HR
  • Dispute Management through to litigation
  • Brand Protection
  • Ongoing Risk Management
  • International aspects

Our advice reflects the principles promoted in the Code of Ethics for franchising by the British Franchise Association for franchisors, franchisees and Master franchisees in the international arena. Balancing risk and reward, we understand the investment in time, money and people made by franchisors and franchisees to promote their business relationships.

We provide the specialist legal assistance necessary to help you with the legal documentation required complementing your needs.

We are particularly supportive of Encouraging Women In Franchising (EWIF) and are active members of this group to develop the industry in the future.

Legal 500 2022

Firm Rankings

Commercial Litigation (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) – Ranked in Tier 3

The dispute resolution team at Boddy Matthews Limited is led by firm founder Kate Matthews, who has extensive experience of all forms of commercial litigation, including mediation, arbitration, expert determination and adjudication. Her clients are often start-up domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on franchising.  She also handles disputes regarding contracts, shareholder and partnership disagreements, trading dispute claims and aviation logistics claims.

Corporate & Commercial – Ranked in Tier 4

The experienced Kate Matthews founded Boddy Matthews Limited in 2013 and heads the niche commercial department at the boutique firm. Matthews holds extensive expertise in franchising matters, being an accredited mediator for the British Franchise Association and a Qualified Franchise Professional. Senior consultant Nick Fieldhouse provides support on core corporate and commercial work.

Franchising – Ranked in Tier 4

Boddy Matthews Limited handles a range of contentious and non-contentious franchising matters for brands nationally and globally. Its key areas of focus include risk auditing, commercial strategy advice on franchise agreements and renewals, and franchising disputes. Team head Kate Matthews is experienced in franchising transactions and litigation.

Kate Matthews – Service Provider of the Year 2021
EWIF Awards 2021
Kate Matthews – EWIF Ambassador of the Year 2021
EWIF Awards 2021
Qualified Franchise
Professional Award
Kate Matthews
We are an affiliate
member of
We are a
member of
Kate Matthews is
recognised by her peers
in Who’s Who Legal