Sheilah Mackie Partner

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“She is very efficient and has excellent knowledge of franchise law.”

Chambers UK 2018
Sheilah gives her clients practical commercial advice on a range of issues including IP/IT, franchising, data protection and FOI.

Main areas of practice

Specialising in commercial non-contentious IP/IT matters, Sheilah handles a wide variety of contracts including agency, distribution, e-commerce, software development and licensing, facilities management, franchising, logistics, outsourcing and B2B and B2C terms of sale and purchase amongst others. She also handles data protection, freedom of information and consumer issues.

As an expert in technology projects, she regularly runs multi-million pound software development/licensing and outsourcing projects as well as advising on a range of web development and hosting contracts, value added reseller and OEM arrangements, managed services, e-commerce and internet based services, public procurement and cloud / data protection issues. Sheilah also provides expertise for IT/IP-rich corporate transactional work and advises on the creation, exploitation and licensing of all types of IP in academic and commercial markets. 

As a recognised expert in the franchising sector, Sheilah advises on the full range of issues faced by those in the sector including setting up and managing franchise networks, compliance with relevant regulatory requirements, dealing with under-performing franchisees and extracting franchisees from networks. She also advises franchisors on issues including franchise agreements, confidentiality and deposit agreements, and business sale agreements, as well as reviewing franchise agreements for prospective franchisees.


Her clients range from multinationals to small local businesses, charities and housing associations, university research and innovation teams and financial institutions.

Her franchising clients 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. Sheilah also acts for franchise consultants and industry associations.

Significant experience

Education: Having spent three years as an in-house legal adviser at the University of Southampton prior to joining the firm in 2006, as well as continuing to act for a number of universities, Sheilah has considerable hands-on experience in a broad range of work for HEIs including litigation, employment, IP/IT, procurement, discrimination (sex, race, disability and age), student disputes, property, commercial and academic collaborations, R&D, clinical trials, data protection and freedom of information.

Defence: Sheilah is also experienced in the defence sector having spent seven months on secondment to BAE Systems' shipbuilding subsidiary working on a wide variety of high value contracts (export and MoD). She continues to advise clients in the sector and handled contractual structures under the DEFCONs framework.

Other expertise

Data protection: Sheilah has a wealth of experience in data protection and privacy law advising clients on compliance with relevant UK and EU legislation in their processing of customer, employee and third party data and their use of cookies and similar technology in relation to both day-to-day transactions and large-scale corporate and outsourcing deals. She drafts privacy policies, data transfer and processing agreements, as well as handling subject access requests often working closely with colleagues in the firm's Litigation and Employment teams where the request is made in the midst of employment or civil claims.

Freedom of information: Sheilah also advises on handling freedom of information matters - for both public authority clients and commercial clients seeking to gain information - and drafting requests for information, refusal notices and appeal decisions. She is ideally placed to advise clients on the interaction of the freedom of information, data protection and common law confidentiality regimes.


Sheilah’s Blog

TRILcon 2017

Sheliah Mackie discusses the talks that took place at TRILcon 2017.

But you said it was ok….. Can you make a verbal agreement?

Kanye West and Taylor Swift hit the headlines recently after a recording of a telephone call between them was released to the public...

Articles by Sheilah

A Data Protection Bill - Fit For the Digital Age?


The Data Protection Bill (the Bill) was placed before the House of Lords on Wednesday (13th September). A copy of the Bill in its current form was published shortly afterwards and can be found...

The Times Business Clinic: Should our drive from the Batcave take us overseas?


Blake Morgan partner and Franchising expert Sheilah Mackie features in The Times Business Clinic.

How will the changes to consumer card charges affect businesses?


the Payment Services Regulations 2017 is set to bring about a significant change for businesses selling to consumers next year. Amongst other things, it will ban surcharges on all consumer card payments. Our expert explains the impact this will have.

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Online platforms and regulation - too successful for their own good? Why the EU's proposed regulation of platforms will apply in the UK regardless of Brexit

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Consent and Direct Marketing: What is informed consent in the UK? The decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner

In this article, our expert Simon Stokes looks at what is informed consent in the UK in relation to the decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner.

UK patent fees set to increase from April this year

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Commercial Agency Law – a guide for advisors outside the UK – Beware the differences in the UK

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Commercial Law Briefing: Getting the Boilerplate Right

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