Franchising.

Our franchise lawyers provide specialist legal advice and support to franchisors, master franchisees and franchisees across many industries.

The expansion of a business through franchising or licensing to develop a network both nationally and internationally is an attractive strategy for growth into today’s competitive environment.

Finding the right structure for growth and to protect the brand is important to potential franchisors with the appropriate commercial contracts being put into place to act as a template for the franchisor’s business.

In acting for franchisees, it is important to ensure that they have received practical advice on the legal relationship with the franchisor and our team have a thorough understanding of issues which may arise and can assist you in advising on the franchise relationship, as well as the potential sale or exit objectives in due course.

This expertise comes from services to both brand name franchisors and newly established franchisors wishing to expand through models of franchising or licensing.

Our specialist knowledge of the franchising sector and sound practical, commercial advice means you can concentrate on making your business successful and profitable.

Along with services to franchisors, we also act for franchisees either at the outset of the relationship, during the existence of the franchise business or upon termination or exit.

Services We Provide.

  • advising on the viability of franchising an existing business

  • advising on the protection of the brand and know-how

  • preparing the franchise agreements and supporting documentation such as confidentiality agreements, terms and conditions of business, and software licences

  • conducting a legal review of the franchise prospectus and marketing material

  • ensuring existing franchise agreements conform to legislative changes and EU/UK competition law changes

  • preparing template documentation for use in re-sales

  • advising on international expansion within the franchise network

  • assisting in evaluating the proposed franchise business and network – will it really work for you?

  • advising on the purchase or sale of a new or existing franchise business

  • preparing ancillary documentation such as a shareholders’ agreements for joint owners of franchise businesses

  • advising on the franchise agreement, evaluating the obligations, rights, fee structure and hidden costs, renewal rights, support and training

  • carrying out negotiations with a franchisor on renewal or restructuring

  • advising on how to exit a franchise agreement

Quick Contacts.

Our Process

Please contact us if you have a corporate and commercial related query. We will check whether we can act for you and, if so, we will confirm the terms and conditions of our retainer with you in a client care or engagement letter

This may be the provision of ad hoc advice or the completion of a specific item of work. We will provide you with a fee estimate before carrying out any substantive work on a matter. If we provide advice over the telephone, we will not confirm the advice in writing unless specifically requested to do so

We will provide you with an estimated timescale for the completion of your work, factoring in any urgency

Please contact our Corporate and Commercial Team.

Our Corporate and Commercial Team are happy to discuss any issues relating to Franchising

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Franchise Disputes.

Franchising is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK with more and more opportunities arising for business owners to expand or smaller companies and individuals to begin growing their own businesses

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