Our Franchise Team has a wide range of experience in assisting clients in accelerating and delivering their growth plans through franchise models particularly for businesses within our retail, leisure, food & drink and media & technology sectors. Our sector expertise ensures that we provide practical and relevant advice. 

Our clients include both franchisors and franchisees ranging from start-ups to large international companies.  

The Team advises on the following areas in particular:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of adopting a franchising model as a route to market;
  • Drafting and negotiating the full range of documentation including the franchise agreement, confidentiality agreements, deposit agreements and leases;
  • Assisting existing franchisors with overseas expansion;
  • Advising franchisees on the terms of the franchise agreements;
  • Restructuring existing franchise networks;
  • The acquisitions and disposals of franchised businesses;
  • Working with Franchise Consultants who assist clients with drafting detailed operations manuals and trading practices guidelines;
  • Dispute resolution and enforcing franchise obligations;
  • Brand protection and portfolio management;
  • Direct and indirect franchisee leasing and negotiating common terms and protecting franchisors' rights and liabilities in respect of the franchisee and third party landlords;
  • Negotiating franchisor guarantees, options, and step in rights with landlords;
  • Premises selection and fit out specifications, procurement of premises works though to commissioning and premises mobilisation; and
  • Reputation management advice.

Particular experience includes:

  • Advising on franchise agreements for a large international trade tool supplier on its EU roll-out in Holland and Belgium, including trade practices documents, operations manuals and structure for potential buy-out of the franchised units.
  • Acting for a 10-unit McDonalds franchise holder in relation to regulatory and franchising issues.
  • Acting on the funder's side in relation to the development of Burger King outlets as well as franchised gym operations for Cannons Health Clubs and Virgin.
  • Acting for the principal franchisee for Subway stores within the Bristol sub region.
  • Franchising, structure of operations manual and business investment immigration for a rapidly expanding restaurant chain.
  • Advising on franchising structure and revenue share for a gourmet burger restaurant chain.

MEMBERSHIPS

We are a member of The British Franchise Association.

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