Franchisors

For our franchisor clients we:

  • protect and structure your intellectual property;
  • draft/review your franchise agreement and disclosure document;
  • draft/review all other ancillary documents required by the Franchising Code of Conduct and others which protect your rights;
  • conduct the issue of new franchises including the handling of all documents and negotiations;
  • assist with master franchising, and area development;
  • provide advice on the Franchising Code of Conduct and deal with the ACCC;
  • conduct and assist with meditation and dispute resolution; and
  • leasing, including negotiation and prepare premises leases,subleases and deal with other real property matters

THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

Franchise agreements are the key element of the relationship between a franchisor and franchisee. The development and ongoing management of a franchise agreement requires an understanding of key areas such as corporate structure, termination and default, supply terms, financial payments, disclosure requirements, marketing, rebates, intellectual property, pricing, and dispute resolution procedures. The form of the franchise agreement must reflect the commercial intent and means of business rather than be structured purely on legal considerations. A franchise agreement by its nature has enormous variety from one to the next and there are different structures such as master franchise agreements, multi-unit franchise agreements, area development franchise agreements and joint venture agreements.

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