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Franchising

We provide commercial legal advice for major international franchise expansion work and high-profile national franchises. The team also advises automotive dealer franchises and regional franchises throughout the UK.

Our team of specialists are ranked in the “Best of UK” for franchising in Chambers UK, an independent guide to the legal market. We've been an affiliate of the British Franchise Association for over 20 years.

We work with FTSE listed and leading national companies on a broad range of national and international franchising matters, particularly in the retail, leisure and automotive industries.

Our team provides comprehensive advice for businesses looking to expand by granting or taking a franchise. This includes the establishment of UK and international franchises, master licensing, development agreements and issues arising in the operation of a franchise such as re-sales and dispute resolution.

Our franchise team has the expertise and scale to act for the largest corporations through to local franchise start-ups. We offer much more than niche franchise advice, but draw on sector knowledge and wider legal specialisms to ensure our clients get relevant commercial advice.

Highlights

  • Advising on a programme of international franchising for WHSmith, Peacocks and Jane Norman.
  • Advising WHSmith on a £100 million commercial joint venture between the Post Office and WHSmith for the operation of over 100 Post Office branches within WHSmith stores.
  • Advising automotive manufacturers on managing their dealer networks and preparing their legal agreements.
  • Advising automotive dealer groups and associations on new franchise agreements issued by manufacturers in light of the block exemption regime.
  • Advising a major pub chain in converting its leased estate to a franchised model.

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