About Me

I am a Legal Director in our Franchising, Licensing and Multi-Channel Strategies team in London, working closely with our clients to develop the most commercially effective expansion models and routes to market.

As a specialist franchise lawyer with over 25 years' experience, I have been retained as counsel for a number of household names in the retail, food and beverage sectors. I also advise leisure and services businesses including start-ups and established brands looking at multi-country expansion strategies. With particular expertise in structuring and developing franchise networks, I focus on the UK and emerging markets including India, the Middle East, the Far East, South East Asia, Russia and South America.

I also advise on multi-channel expansion strategies, IP ownership, protection and exploitation structures and commercial contracts including agency, distribution, wholesale, supply, confidentiality and know-how agreements together with domestic and international terms and conditions of sale.

You'll find me recognised as an expert in franchising in the Legal Business Guide to Legal Experts. Over the years, I have written many articles for the franchise trade press and the monthly 'Ask the Experts' column in What Franchise magazine, as well as co-writing the UK section of the Encyclopaedia of Franchising (Kluwer). I have also contributed to The Franchise Law Review. You can hear me speak at UK and international franchise and licensing seminars and British Franchise Association events.
  • I have been retained as counsel for a number of household names in the retail and food & beverage sectors including Mothercare, Costa and PizzaExpress.
  • Advised Mothercare on its international franchise expansion for 18 years including assisting with the re-organisation of its relationships with its franchise partners in key territories in the Middle East, Russia, India and China.
  • Advised on the initial structuring, creation and development of the Costa Coffee franchise network in the UK and have been handling the legal franchise work in the UK on an 'outsourced basis' since 2004. This includes setting up an automated system for receiving instructions from Costa and an Extranet document management system which was recently nominated for a MPF Award for innovative client services .
  • Advised Costa on its international franchise expansion in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and on agreements for travel hubs.


  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1993
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Shelley Nadler 'is exceptionally good at providing concise, straightforward and excellent advice and at de-mystifying legal structures'.

Chambers UK 2017

The 'brilliant' Shelley Nadler is praised for her 'vast experience' in the field of franchising, and is considered 'a very commercial practitioner' by interviewees.

Chambers UK 2019

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