Our dedicated franchising team is made up of specialist solicitors (including two British Franchise Association Qualified Franchise Professionals, Ed Savory and Vicki Mitman) who understand the unique world of franchising. We have developed a range of customised services to meet the specific requirements of both new and existing franchisors and franchisees. The franchising team is supported by our wider corporate team which includes experts in intellectual property and brand protection, dispute resolution, commercial property, commercial services and employment, enabling us to assist our franchise clients with all their legal needs.

Clients include national and international franchisors which we advise on establishing and managing national and international networks. We prepare franchise agreements (including master agreements) and all related documentation tailored to each client’s specific need and style of business. In addition, we have some multi-unit operator clients which run several franchise outlets for a variety of brands, in particular in the fast food sector. 

We also regularly advise franchisors on disputes with their franchisees and work closely with franchisors on the legal and practical issues around franchisee termination and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions. We also have considerable experience of franchisee group actions and claims for misrepresentation.

Our services to franchisors include:

  • Assisting with corporate structure and set up 
  • Advising in connection with brand protection including trade mark registration
  • Preparing and/or updating the Franchise Agreement and related documentation
  • Advising on international expansion options (including master franchising)
  • Management of the franchise network including renewals and variations
  • Managing franchisee re-sales between incoming / outgoing franchisees 
  • Resolving franchise disputes
  • Providing advice and guidance in connection with employment and human resources requirements
  • Assisting with property portfolios 
We also advise prospective franchisees on the terms of their proposed franchise agreement (together with any related documentation on which they require advice), and assist with franchise resales.

Our services to franchisees include:

  • Assisting with corporate structure and set up 
  • Providing fixed fee advice on the terms of the Franchise Agreement
  • Advising on the sale and purchase of franchises (knows as re-sales), including multi-units
  • Assistance with the franchise re-sale process (on behalf of incoming / outgoing franchisees)
  • Advising on franchise disputes
  • Providing advice in respect of employment issues, health and safety, data protection
  • Advising on premises acquisition and / or lease negotiation
For more information, please contact a member of our franchising team.