John Pratt

John is the senior partner of Hamilton Pratt, Europe's largest specialist franchise law firm. He is the immediate past Legal Advisor to the British Franchise Association and a past Chair of the International Bar Association's International Franchise Committee and Director of the American Bar Association's International Franchising Division. He is currently Chair of Euro Franchise Lawyers. He has written 'Franchising: Law & Practice', 'The Franchisor's Handbook' and contributed chapters to a number of franchise publications. He is the joint editor of a recently published American Bar Association publication on franchising in Europe. Who's Who Legal has recently rated John as Europe's leading franchise lawyer.

Contributed to


Franchises and the Trading Schemes Act 1996
Practice notes

This Practice Note describes the application of the Trading Schemes Act 1996 in the context of franchises. It also considers the Fair Trading Act 1973, the Trading Schemes Regulations, 1997 SI 1997/30 and the Trading Schemes (Exclusion) Regulations 1997, SI 1997/31. The Trading Schemes Act 1996 (TSA 1996) and subsequent regulations made under it, were introduced to regulate pyramid selling schemes because, at the time, the existing legislation contained in the Fair Trading Act 1973 (FTA 1973) was considered to be inadequate. Unfortunately and unintentionally, franchises are potentially regulated by the TSA 1996 because they may be treated as a ‘trading scheme’.

Practice areas


  • British Franchise Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Eurofranchsie Lawyers
  • International Distribution Institute


  • Contributing Author


  • Oxford University ' law
  • Universite d'Aix-Marseille ' comparative law doctorate

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