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Franchise Law

Franchising can be a flexible and affordable way for someone to run their own business without high levels of financial risk and capital investment. Establishing or growing a franchise network can provide an existing business with opportunities for growth in revenue generation and brand recognition, together with a scalable business model which may present investment opportunities for private equity funds and others.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s franchise law experts have extensive experience of acting for both franchisors and franchisees, and can advise on every aspect of franchising, including:

For franchisors

  • Creating a franchise business
  • Selling and buying a franchise business
  • Brand protection, intellectual property and licensing
  • Preparing and updating franchising agreements
  • Preparing effective Operating Manuals
  • Property – all types of commercial property arrangements
  • Commercial and IT contracts
  • Employment law – contracts of employment, HR and training, dismissal, grievance processes, policies and handbooks, transfer of undertakings law, redundancy, tribunals and litigation
  • Data protection/GDPR
  • Regulation and compliance: health and safety, environmental, trading standards, consumer protection
  • Debt collection
  • Resolving disputes

For franchisees

  • Enforceability of franchise agreement terms (before purchase, during franchise, and post-exit)
  • Guarantors’ liabilities
  • Disposal of franchise business
  • Property – all types of commercial property arrangements
  • Employment law – contracts of employment, HR and training, dismissal, grievance processes, policies and handbooks, transfer of undertakings law, redundancy, tribunals and litigation
  • Data protection/GDPR
  • Regulation and compliance: health and safety, environmental, trading standards, consumer protection
  • Debt collection
  • Resolving disputes with customers and suppliers
  • Resolving disputes between franchisor and franchisee (including multiple franchisees where appropriate)