If you are a new or prospective Franchisor, we can provide you with general advice on the franchising of your business together with specific advice on the legal documentation you require for its operation.
This may include advice on:
Protection of intellectual property rights
Trade mark registration and licensing
Preparation of agreements including Confidentiality Agreement, Intent to Proceed Agreement and Franchise Agreement
Advice on the legal aspects of the Operating Manual
Terms and conditions
Advice on any property issues
Review of Franchise Prospectus and marketing materials
Preparation of a software licence
Advice on data protection and privacy compliance
We are able to offer specialist services to existing Franchisors which include the following:
A review of your company’s existing Franchise Agreement
Audit of legal documentation associated with the Franchise Agreement
Review of your notification, systems, websites, databases and procedures relating to data protection & privacy
Advice on the Operations Manual
Commercial property advice
Franchise Sale and Purchase Agreements
As one of the leading UK law firms specialising in franchising we also provide a specialist service to clients involved in franchising internationally to include all of the services listed above as well as bespoke advice on matters it is crucial you consider with international franchising.
As a prospective Franchisee it is vital that you fully understand and appreciate the obligations you will be taking on under the franchise. We provide all of the services you will need as a prospective Franchisee including:
Fixed Fee Report
In order to provide you with the advice you require we have developed a fixed fee report service. This is a detailed written report on the Franchise Agreement and related documentation, explaining precisely what the agreement means in commercial terms, highlighting any problem areas and indicating points which it fails to cover. Our report will also identify for the franchisee those points which should be raised with the franchisor or its solicitors and set out other steps that the franchisee should take to investigate the franchise before signing the agreement. Our costs for preparing such a report will vary depending upon the particular agreement. We will agree with you the precise amount of the fixed fee before we commence the preparation of the report.
Even in the best run franchised business we recognise that disputes can arise. There is much that can be done to avoid disputes arising in the first place and a clear dispute resolution plan and well executed strategy will help to protect the integrity of the franchise business. We are able to advise both on the merits and disadvantages of particular alternatives to resolving disputes, whether it be mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, arbitration or litigation. If disputes do arise, our franchise litigators are experienced in acting swiftly and effectively to protect your company’s interests, conscious always of the need to preserve the good name of the franchise network. If you have any queries relating to franchising disputes, please contact our experts Mike Barlow or Polly Langford.