28 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DB

Legal & Business Advice for your brand's international growth

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Our firm was founded in London in 1983, as Stephens & Associates, or S&A for short. Since that time we have focused on the provision of legal services and business advice to our clients in relation to the international growth of their companies.

We operate mainly within the fashion and sports sectors, covering such areas as international business strategy, franchising & distribution, licensing, e-commerce, data protection, marketing and branding, intellectual property rights and litigation management. Our commercial lawyers act primarily for brand owners but also for local distributors, licensees and agents.

Our desire is to focus on a small number of successful businesses and by doing so to be able to more effectively understand and cater to each of their needs.

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What we do

International Growth Strategy

When a domestic company decides to develop its international business, it pays to decide at the outset the legal and…

Your UK and EU Data Representative

Now that the UK has left the EU, EU-based companies that have no establishment in the UK and whose business…

Franchising and Distribution

A successful brand can expand its business internationally in a number of ways, including franchising and distribution models. It can…

Product Licensing

Another route to growth is for the brand to broaden its product offering. Fashion brands tend to first become successful…

Marketing and Sponsorship

The long-term success of a brand is built upon the design and quality of the products it sells. In today’s…

E-commerce and IT Services

Online sales of goods by a brand owner and its approved retailers, combined with restricting unauthorised accounts, auction sites and…

IP Management

The sustainability of a brand’s domestic and international growth depends on an ability to ensure that it, and no-one else,…

Data Protection

The more a company knows about its customers, the better it can tailor its offering to their wishes. The biggest…

Brand Enforcement

Counterfeiting is, unfortunately, a fact of life for most successful branded goods companies. If a product sells well and gains…


With the increasing scope of corporate governance regulation, in areas such as anti-corruption, competition law, data privacy and consumer rights,…

Litigation Management

As a brand grows, it is almost inevitable that disputes will arise. Relationships with local or overseas partners will break…

Meet our team

Tony Stephens

Managing Director

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Mel Stephens


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Becky Weatherill


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Nancy Coen

Senior Associate

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Caroline Turney


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Tom Butterworth


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Lauren Sturges


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Bella Garnham


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Martha Ignatieva

Trainee Solicitor

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Pei Zhao

Trainee Solicitor

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Ryan Kerley

Trainee Solicitor

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Our Clients

Harley Davidson logo
Radley London logo
Reiss logo
Ugg logo
Orlebar Brown logo
Silver Cross logo
Sunspel logo
Aspinal of London logo
Hiplok logo
Futerra logo
Repetto logo
Osprey London logo
Oliver Sweeney logo
Hoka one one logo
Teva logo
Zoggs logo

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