What we do: Legal advice for franchisors
Find out many useful answers about the processes and considerations of franchising your business in our Franchising Your Business FAQs.
Here’s a brief list of how we can help you with franchising legal advice:
To avoid misunderstanding and disputes between you and a franchisee, it’s vital that the franchise agreement and other necessary documents are in order and that both parties are aware of the risks and obligations that come with franchising.
Intellectual Property Protection
In order to grant rights to a third party to use your brand and business model, it’s important that you own and protect your intellectual property rights, such as registering your trademarks and protecting your copyright.
International Franchising and Expansion
It’s important to have a franchise agreement that is fully enforceable in the jurisdiction(s) where it applies. When expanding into various countries through franchising, you’ll need to adapt your current franchise agreement to comply with the mandatory laws of each country.
Various franchise formalities, such as pre-contractual disclosure and the requirement for consent or register with a particular governmental authority, may also have to be complied with.
We have many years of experience in handling franchise agreements in many different jurisdictions and can advise you on the best course of action if you’re looking to expand internationally.
Confidential Information and Disclosure
During negotiations with a potential franchisee, you should look to protect any confidential information relating to your business. We’d advise you to consider entering into a non-disclosure agreement or confidentiality and commitment agreement with your chosen third party.
Although there’s no mandatory requirement in the UK to provide a pre-contractual disclosure document to the franchisee, it has now become good practice to do so and is required by all members of the British Franchise Association.
The advantage of doing so is that you can minimise the risk of misrepresentation claims made against you. If information about the business and terms of the agreement are clearly laid out in writing and provided to the franchisee, they have the opportunity to review and seek legal advice before entering into the agreement with you.
Due Diligence and Recruiting Franchisees
Once you’re ready to grant a franchise, the challenge is then to recruit suitable franchisees who have the resources and capacity to maintain the standards of your franchise business.
We also recommend that you undertake due diligence on any potential franchisee prior to entering into the franchise agreement – our franchisor solicitors can help with this.
Who we help: Franchisors
We help new and potential franchisors as well as franchisors with an existing network. Our franchise solicitors can offer expert advice on franchisor matters, whether you’re bringing a new concept to market, or converting your existing business into a franchise.
If you’re already an experienced franchisor, we can help modify your existing agreements, improve your intellectual property strategies and advise on franchising dispute resolution.
Why choose our franchisor solicitors?
Our franchise solicitors have many years of experience in advising on various franchise models and can assist you from the very early stages of the process right through to managing and adapting existing franchise networks.
Abby Watson is a corporate solicitor, specialising in private equity investments, mergers & acquisitions, EMI share schemes, corporate finance and governance and more.View profile
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Commercial and Corporate Solicitor
Kate is a commercial and corporate lawyer, advising businesses from start-ups up to global companies on everything from investment and franchising to sale and purchase transactions, exits and much more.View profile
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
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