Premier Boutique firm scoops up national firm Partners
It’s not only the magic circle firms that are growing during this global pandemic. Baybridge Lawyers, premier franchise law firm has secured a dynamite franchise team to bolster their already experienced franchise and corporate business. Two partners, Racha Abboud, Rita Khodeir and seasoned paralegal Scott Patterson joined the team on 1 September 2021.
The three have worked as a team for nearly 20 years and are held in high esteem by the franchising sector, having acted for many well-known and reputable franchise brands.
“This is a very exciting event for us, for our team and our clients”, said Racha Abboud. “We have respected each other’s work for some decades now and there are synergies for the groups that will significantly benefit our respective clients.”
Rita Khodeir, specialist litigation and Trade Marks Attorney said that “the combination of front end and expert dispute resolution expertise provides us with an ability to offer our clients a full service solution for their growth plans.”
Baybridge Lawyers is well recognised for enhancing and assisting well known national and international brands in food and hospitality, health and beauty, services based and real estate sectors for over two decades. Marwan Kojok, Founder and Managing Director says, “our greatest asset has always been our people and by introducing this team, we have made a huge increase in the quality of that asset, making us one of the most well-resourced franchise-centric law firms in Australia”.
“The firm has embraced technology and talent outside of the law to ensure its success into the future. We have not seen a deterioration in franchise activity or new brands during this pandemic. In fact, we have had an extraordinary level of interest for our clients’ businesses as well as future brands to hit the market. Now is no better time to ensure that we have the team to meet that demand”, Kojok says.
Racha Abboud, Partner – Commercial, is a well-regarded franchise lawyer and has worked extensively with clients based in Australia and internationally, in industries including food and retail, fitness, pharmacy, automotive and real estate. She is a member of the NSW Franchise Council of Australia Committee and was a Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year for Commercial in 2020.
Rita Khodeir, Partner – Litigation and Intellectual Property, is an experienced commercial litigator and Registered Trade Marks Attorney. Rita Khodeir works with clients to protect their brand’s intangible assets and to develop and implement IP strategies for growth. Rita has extensive litigation experience and adopts a commercial approach to enable her clients to resolve their disputes in a quick and cost-effective manner. In 2021 she was named as a Notable Practitioner by leading international IP publication, Managing IP.
Scott Patterson – Paralegal, has significant experience in commercial and franchising law. Having worked with both start-up and established networks, Scott has a thorough understanding of the industry and the clients. His approach to work is centred around building long term relationships with clients and is an integral member of the commercial franchising practice.
About Baybridge Lawyers
Baybridge Lawyers provides legal advisory services to the most successful brands in Australia. At its core, Baybridge Lawyers is a corporate and commercial firm with a strong focus on franchising, support for real estate agencies and dispute resolution and litigation. We provide interconnected legal, strategic and advisory services to a range of commercial and private clients both nationally and abroad. Our experts are united by a desire to redefine how professional services are offered. A progressive culture underpinned by exceptional work, collaboration and building client value means that our services are highly sought after.