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Franchising

We understand the challenges faced when considering converting a business into a franchise. Our multi-disciplinary team advises on all aspects of franchising as well as other forms of distribution channel and hybrid arrangements, such as reseller, brand licensing and joint ventures. We have several highly experienced team members,  and we are Affiliates of the British Franchise Association.

The breadth of experience means that we can offer a full service across a range of legal issues that you will face in the course of establishing and rolling out your franchise business. We would be able to work alongside you in launching your franchise business by delivering these services to you

Our team members have extensive experience working with household names through to start-up companies. That experience will enable us to pre-empt the commercial and legal challenges that you may face and deliver valuable solutions.

Franchise agreement

We will draft the franchise agreement: these can be quite complex, but at the heart the franchisor allows the franchisee to use its brand, provides training and support to the franchisee; and the franchisee agrees to operate under the franchisor’s requirements including the manual, and to pay the franchisor.

Ancillary documents

Drafting pre-contract or confidentiality agreements, as well as ad-hoc side letters where variations have been agreed, and preparing deeds of termination where there has been an agreement between the franchisee and franchisor to terminate early.

Brand and Trade Marks

Initial trade mark strategy advice; managing trade mark portfolios, including applications and administration.

Terms of Business

Revising customer terms and conditions of business for use by franchisees across the network.

Franchise Resales

We will advise buyers and sellers when franchise businesses are sold, handling the end to end transaction.

International Expansion

We advise fast growing franchise businesses on the routes to expansion in overseas territories, including master licence agreements and area development agreements.

Real Estate

We can provide detailed guidance concerning the best structure for the Franchisor in relation to any Real Estate required for the franchise to be successful. We have the necessary experience and expertise to guide any franchisor at any stage of store and unit roll out.

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