"'thorough, detailed advice' and has 'the ability to translate complex legal terminology into a format clients can understand'." (Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2013)
"Sheilah Mackie has an ‘astonishing memory and attention to detail’." (The Legal 500 2012)
"‘knowledgeable, professional’" (The Legal 500 2011)
Sheilah joined Blake Lapthorn's Commercial IP/IT team in 2006 and specialises in commercial and non-contentious IP/IT matters, with a particular interest and expertise in the franchise sector. She advises on the full range of issues faced by those in the sector including setting up and managing franchise networks, complying with relevant regulatory requirements e.g. Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulations and Trading Scheme legislation, dealing with underperforming franchisees and extracting franchisees from networks. Sheilah prepares and advises on the interpretation of standard form agreements for franchisors (franchise agreements, confidentiality and deposit agreements, business sale agreements) as well reviewing franchise agreement for prospective franchisees. She also has experience working as part of large cross-disciplinary teams advising groups of franchisees of failed networks including Threshers and Coffee Republic.
She gives practical straightforward advice to her clients, who include franchisors and franchisees in a variety of sectors including retail, leisure services, lettings and estate agencies, B2B and B2C services, domiciliary services, children's groups and charities, working closely with her colleagues in the LDR, property and employment teams. Sheilah also acts for franchise consultants and industry associations.
Sheilah is qualified in Scotland (2003) and England and Wales (2004). She is an Affiliate of the British Franchise Association and is currently studying for the Qualified Franchise Professional qualification. She is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law.