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Stephen is a founder partner of Fox Williams specialising in commercial and technology agreements, IP licensing and franchise law. He is focused on creating value for clients by helping them achieve their business objectives.

Stephen established and leads Fox Williams' agentlaw team and developed www.agentlaw.co.uk, a Fox Williams website dedicated to agency and distribution law. He is head of the Commerce & Technology Department of Fox Williams.

Stephen is involved in advising many of Fox Williams' fashion clients on their agency, distribution, concession, franchising, licensing and supply arrangements. Stephen drove forward the creation of www.fashionlaw.co.uk and now chairs the Fashion Law Group.  He was a member of the team which advised Superdry Plc, in connection with its institutional and retail share offerings which resulted in it listing on the London Stock Exchange. He has twice acted as a judge for the Drapers Awards.

Stephen has written and spoken widely on agency and distribution agreements, in particular, and commercial law issues, in general. The last few months have seen articles written by Stephen published in Drapers, KBBreview and Cabinet Maker among other trade publications. He is the UK author of International Agency and Distribution Agreements published by LexisNexis and was co-author of the UK chapter of Kluwer's Commercial Agency and Distributorship Agreements (3rd edition). He is also the UK contributing author to Handbuch Moderecht (Fashion Law Handbook) (2011).

A specialist area of Stephen's franchising practice concerns the international development of a number of leading independent schools including North London Collegiate School and Wellington College. Advice has been given by Stephen and his team in respect of schools throughout Asia and the Gulf as well as in West Africa and Europe. Stephen chairs the Fox Williams International Schools Group.

On the technology front recent work undertaken by Stephen includes:

  • drafting and advising on terms and associated agreements for online platforms concerned with fashion and car rental;
  • advising an IT services company on its contracts for the supply and maintenance of software and hardware and the provision of associated services; and
  • negotiating international licensing agreements for a mobile payments app business.

He is a regular commentator on radio and television where his appearances include Watchdog (going head to head with Anne Robinson) and BBC Radios 4 and 5. He has also appeared on many programmes made by Legal Television Network. In addition he keeps in touch with King's College, London from where he graduated with an honours degree in Law before obtaining his Masters in Business Law. For some years he has spoken at the Commercial Law Summer School at Cambridge University. In 2016 he spoke at Fordham University's fashion law symposium.

Stephen has served for many years on the Commercial Law Committee of the City of London Law Society. He is currently again its Deputy Chairman as well as Chairman of its Brexit sub-committee. A former President of the Contract Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) he is currently Communications and Strategy General Director . At recent UIA seminars and Congresses he has spoken on the topics of

  • protecting brands and the law of distribution contracts;
  • Brexit and the impact on business;
  • the legal issues concerning influencers; and
  • intellectual property licensing agreements.

During New York Fashion Week in February 2013 Stephen chaired the UIA Fashion law seminar and spoke on the subject of taking back exclusive distribution rights from distributors.

Prior to joining the UIA he was a long standing member of Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats and spoke at many of its congresses.

Stephen is advising clients following the Brexit referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place for their supply chains as they manage a period of uncertainty.

Over the years clients and partners have given Stephen the nicknames of "The Barracuda" and "The Rottweiler". But out of the office his family regard him as a pussy cat. With their assistance he loves nothing more than to mess around on boats, whether on river, lake or sea. His greatest maritime adventure to date was to skipper a 4m open boat down the Grand Canal of Venice and into the Bacino di San Marco When restricted to dry land he collects political cartoons, is an avid student of brand marketing, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

"Total professionalism and prompt responses"
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"He is knowledgeable in respect of international agreements, with the ability to foresee and point out potential issues."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Known to be an authority on agency, distribution, franchising and licensing agreements"
(WTR 1000, 2018)

"Excellent lawyer who produces prompt correspondence and thoughtful work" 
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Stephen Sidkin ‘possesses tremendous gravitas’
(Legal 500, 2017)

Stephen Sidkin is held in high regard for his significant expertise in commercial transactions. He is particularly highlighted for his in-depth knowledge of agency agreements. Impressed sources say that "he knows his stuff and is highly efficient," and also mention "he is a good technical lawyer steeped in commercial law."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

‘'He is absolutely excellent – he clearly identified options and provided high-quality and speedy communication''.
(Chambers UK, 2015)

Stephen Sidkin is praised by clients as being "very hot on the detail" and "the best lawyer I've used for this type of work. His level of knowledge always impresses me''.
(Chambers UK, 2015) 

Stephen Sidkin is 'the UK'S leading authority on fashion agency law'.
(Legal 500, 2015)

'Stephen Sidkin is a recognised "expert" on agency contracts and the Commercial Agent Regulations. He also handles supply, licensing and franchising agreements. Clients say he is "extremely knowledgeable, very experienced and has a great depth of understanding in this area of law."'
(Chambers UK, 2014)


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