Legal Advice For Buying A Franchise

Key facts: Franchisee solicitors

  • Becoming a franchisee can lessen your risk compared to starting your own business, because you can benefit from the existing success of the franchise brand.
  • You’ll need to pay the franchisor royalties and other fees for the use of their brand.
  • Our franchisee solicitors have extensive experience negotiating franchising agreements and can also advise on other key areas you’ll need as a franchisee, including employment law, dispute resolution and commercial property.
  • Read our Buying a Franchise FAQs for lots of useful answers to common questions from franchisees.

What we do: Legal advice for franchisees

Our specialist franchising solicitors can help with your main challenge as a franchisee: negotiating the terms of the franchise agreement and making sure it protects your interests.

Key areas for negotiations will include:

  • The financial obligations compared to what’s being offered by the franchisor
  • Targets to be met
  • Methods of dispute resolution

Find out more about franchising agreements from a franchisee’s perspective in our Buying a Franchise FAQs.

If you’re looking at buying a franchise to run yourself, it’s essential that you first understand the terms set out in the franchise agreement.
This agreement will include details such as:

  • Duration and possible renewal of the agreement between you and the franchisor
  • General obligations under the agreement
  • Targets in relation to opening outlets
  • The fees and royalties that you must pay the franchisor
  • Use of intellectual property
  • Training
  • Involvement of the franchisor in approving location of outlets, providing design and layout for premises or leasing premises
  • Consequences of breach and termination
  • Forum and method of dispute resolution
  • Restrictions during the term of the agreement and once the franchise agreement expires or is terminated

As a franchisee, you’ll be responsible for the cost of running the business, including:

  • The premises
  • Utilities
  • Getting any required licences
  • Employing staff
  • Paying various taxes
  • Local advertising costs

In addition, you’ll have to pay some fees and ongoing royalties to the franchisor. Fee structures will vary according to the sector and the franchise model chosen.

We can provide legal advice on all of these aspects.

(Are you already a business owner looking to franchise your business? Find out about our legal service for Franchising your business here or read our Franchising Your Business FAQs.)

Who we help: Franchisees

We can help 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

If you require advice or assistance in relation to entering into a franchise agreement as a franchisee, our solicitors can provide expert advice and assistance from the very early stages of the process.

Why choose our franchisee solicitors?

Our franchisee solicitors have all worked at senior or partner level at top 100 law firms or in-house at large international organisations.  They have extensive experience in acting for both franchisees and franchisors. This means they’re uniquely placed to help you protect your interests as a franchisee.  We offer the full range of legal services you’ll need when becoming a franchisee, from dispute resolution to employment law and commercial property.

Find out more about our franchisee solicitors:

Pricing plans

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 at a competitive rate.

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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