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Ireland Franchise Law Experts
Bill Holohan and Associates
Bill Holohan Solicitor has been a Committee Member of & legal advisor to the Irish Franchise Association, since the late 1980's, having been advising the industry for over 20 years. Described by the Sunday Business Post, (Ireland's leading weekly business newspaper), as a "groundbreaker" and as "innovative", they featured in 1995 him as one of the Top 40 Entrepreneurs / Senior Managers in the Country! In 2003 he was awarded the "Business Person of the Month Award", by Business News Magazine, and in 2004 was the lead speaker at the Chamber of Commerce "Business Support Showcase". "PWC Which Lawyer?", (an annual worldwide guide to lawyers published by Sweet and Maxwell & Price Waterhouse Coopers), has consistently described Bill Holohan over the past few years as one of "a handful of names with a solid reputation" and as being "highly recommended". As well as being a solicitor, he is also a Notary Public, a Trademark Agent / Registered EU Trademark Practitioner, a Chartered Arbitrator, and a director of 8 different companies.
Mason Hayes + Curran
Jeanne Kelly has ten years experience in advising on the legal aspects of franchising. She is actively involved in the Irish Franchise Association and regularly attends and speaks at industry conferences on the subject both at home and abroad. Jeanne’s background as a commercial contract lawyer specialising in intellectual property matters, makes her ideally positioned as a franchise adviser, where IP is a key element of any franchise agreement. She serves on the events committee of the Irish Franchise Association.
Ireland Franchise Finance Experts
Orna is a qualified accountant and a Career Banker. She has many years experience of working with SMEs and franchises. Orna is the Head of Specialist Sectors of Ulster Bank Irl Limited and a particular expertise in franchising.
OSK Small Business Support
A qualified Chartered Tax Advisor, Imelda has over twenty years experience advising clients in both Ireland and the UK. Imelda has been a member of the Irish Franchise Association and has a great understanding of the issues affecting franchisors’ and franchisees. She has regularly presented to members on various financial topics related to this group. As head of OSK Small Business Support, Imelda advises small businesses across all sectors and understands the issues that arise on a day-to-day basis and is always available to support and advise her clients. An industry expert in her field, Imelda presents to various business groups on the taxation and accountancy issues that affect small and medium sized businesses.
Ireland Franchise General Experts
Johnny Sellyn has been actively involved in franchising for over 20 years and is the Managing Director of whichfranchise. Johnnys expertise lies in helping prospective franchisees. He is the past Deputy Chairman of the British Franchise Association (bfa) Franchise Group for Scotland and is asked to regularly speak at franchise and business events throughout the UK. whichfranchise websites include whichfranchise UK, whichfranchise Australia, whichfranchise Florida, whichfranchise Ireland and whichfranchise South Africa.
Derrick is the managing director of Franchise Resales Limited which provides a structured, detailed and independent process (from exit planning to completion) for franchisees wishing to sell their businesses, for purchasers wishing to acquire a business and franchisors seeking their own exit route.
He has played an active role within UK franchising since 1988 including being director of franchise development with Kall Kwik & Prontaprint (ODC) and franchise director with the Myhome Group. Establishing Franchise Resales Limited in 2007 Derrick is currently the bfa Affiliated Professional Advisors & Suppliers representative on the bfa Board. He is a regular speaker at bfa events on matters around franchise resales and is often consulted by existing members for advice on the subject.
Ireland Franchise Consultancy Experts
Suzie McCafferty is the Managing Director of Platinum Wave, a bfa affiliated company that specialises in helping businesses to grow and develop through successful and sustainable franchising on an international scale. Suzie was a finalist in Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2006 and was Chairperson for the British Franchise Association’s Scottish Franchise Forum in 2009 and 2010. Suzie is an active member of the UK and International franchise communities, and having grown her own franchise businesses both UK and Internationally within the retail and professional services industries, she is a regular key note speaker at key industry events.
Franchise Your Business.ie
Tony is the managing partner with Franchise Your Business.ie, who provide a complete consultancy service for both start up and established franchisors. The firm has offices in London and Dublin. With many years' experience in growing businesses through franchising, Tony can take a client through the entire process. He advises on everything from franchise agreements to fees and royalties, operations manuals, lead generation, PR and more. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Irish Franchise Association and also serves on the Association's Membership Committee. He speaks at seminars for would-be franchisors and writes articles on the industry for newspapers and magazines.