Franchising is a flourishing industry operating in a wide variety of sectors, from estate agents, hairdressers and fast food shops, to large corporations and international corporations. While there are many commercial benefits to Franchising, the law relating to it is particularly complex, requiring specific legal knowledge and business skills.

Whether you’re looking to franchise a business, buy a franchise or grow your franchise, we provide guidance throughout the entire process. We have a wide knowledge of Franchising Law, with particular expertise assisting both franchisors and franchisees. Our tailored, commercially-minded and practical advice has allowed us to build a wide franchising client base.

Our Franchising Services

Whether you’re a franchisor or franchisee, we will provide strategic guidance aimed at helping you meet all the legal and practical issues that can arise in relation to Franchising, including:

  • negotiating, drafting and renewing:
  • franchise agreements;
  • master franchise agreements;
  • ancillary documentation, such as trade mark licences and confidentiality agreements;
  • documentation and transfer of know-how, such as operations manuals and training programmes;
  • trade mark protection and licensing;
  • franchise purchases, sales and resales;
  • recruiting franchisees;
  • related property issues, including sales, purchases, leases and management;
  • releases and terminations; and
  • franchise disputes.

The bargaining position is not always equal between franchisors and franchisees, so it is vital to ensure you have a specialist looking out for your best interests and to help you swerve avoidable issues. At Owen White & Catlin, we do just that, using our experience and knowledge of the law to protect our clients and guide them through the complex issues relating to Franchising. We also draw on the expertise of other Franchising specialists, such as accountants, insurance brokers and consultants, to ensure our clients receive fully comprehensive advice. We can also put out clients in touch with other franchising specialists who provide sector-specific administrative and financial support.

Local solicitors with a global outlook

Working for you to find effective, innovative solutions

Contact our Company and Commercial Law Solicitors in London, Surrey and Middlesex

Established in 1921, our practice has been providing a professional service to our business clients for over 100 years. We believe that what makes us stand out, and why our firm continues to grow, is our commitment to quality, customer service and ensuring we only recruit the best people. At Owen White & Catlin, our solicitors regularly apply their expertise in Franchising to find innovative solutions for businesses. Contact us using our online enquiry form, or call us directly on one of our office numbers – our friendly staff are ready to help.


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