Franchising Your Business

Key facts: Franchisor solicitors

  • As a franchisor you’ll need a variety of agreements drafting before you grant your first franchise, from franchising agreements and intellectual property protection to confidentiality agreements and due diligence.
  • If you’re looking to expand internationally, we can help draft agreements for use in various jurisdictions.
  • Whether you’re franchising your business for the first time or already have an established franchise network, our solicitors 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 are changes in the law.
  • Read our Franchising Your Business FAQs for useful answers to common questions from franchisors.

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:

Franchising Agreements

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.

(If you’re actually a franchisee or thinking of becoming one, find out about our legal services for Buying A Franchise, and read our Buying a Franchise FAQs.)

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.

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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