Franchising

Key facts: Franchising solicitors

  • Franchising can be a great way to expand your business regionally or even internationally by replicating a proven profitable model: annual UK industry turnover has tripled in the last 20 years.
  • Business format franchising is the most common way a franchisor can license a franchisee to run their own business under the franchise brand.
  • Whether you’re a franchisor or a franchisee, or an established franchise network, you’ll nearly always need legal advice for your franchising agreements.
  • Franchising arrangements will always need specialist intellectual property advice – we can provide legal help and advice across both areas.
  • Read our FAQs on Franchising Your Business and Buying a Franchise.

What we do: Franchising legal advice

If you’re looking to franchise your business to a third party, or if you’re looking to invest in and run an existing business model, our franchise solicitors can advise and assist you on all matters of franchising law.

Our franchising solicitors advise and assist you with all aspects of franchising law, including:

  • Intellectual property law and registration of trade marks
  • Other laws that relate to franchise contracts, including those specific to the business sector of the franchise
  • Purchase/sale of an existing franchise
  • Dispute resolution – resolving any issues you have with a franchisee or third party
  • Tax

We can also assist with the drafting of various franchising documents, such as:

  • Franchise and development agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Trade mark agreements
  • Pre-contractual disclosure documents
  • Guarantee documents

Who we help: Franchisors and franchisees

Our franchise solicitors have experience in helping both franchisors and franchisees, as well as industry bodies on all matters concerning franchising.

We have experience in helping those just starting out in franchising, as well as those with established international franchise networks.

We can help franchisors and franchisees at all stages of their business journey, including:

  • Reviewing and advising on franchise and other related agreements
  • Negotiating leases on premises
  • Day-to-day business issues
  • Employment issues and contracts
  • Managing and resolving disputes with the franchisor

We can advise you at every stage of the franchise process and at every time a new franchise is granted. Our franchising solicitors can also update any contracts if there’s changes in the law.

Why choose our franchising solicitors?

Our franchising solicitors are specialists, but they also provide a holistic legal service so they’re also often trained in other key areas that you’ll need, such as intellectual property protection strategy and dispute resolution.  Find out more about our franchising team below:

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors from £200 per hour.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive 'City' partner-level expertise at a fraction of 'City' prices.

Enterprise

Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.

On-Demand

For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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