Deirdre Watson


I am New Zealand’s leading franchise dispute lawyer, with over 30 year’s experience appearing in Court and acting in disputes. I am regarded as an industry expert in franchise law and am regularly asked to present on franchise law topics for the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society and Legalwise. I also lecture in franchise law at Auckland University, have been heavily involved in writing submissions for legislative proposals affecting franchising and have written numerous articles concerning franchise law developments. I have acted for some of New Zealand’s most well recognised franchise brands, this as well as numerous franchisees, so bring a unique and broad perspective to the Board.

As the lawyer member on the Board I am involved in all legal and legislative aspects to do with FANZ, including representing FANZ at government level, writing submissions and steering FANZ’s legislation Committee.