We act for both franchisors and franchisees.
You need to see us when:
1. As a franchisee:
- your franchisor is not doing what they promised,
- it becomes clear that you were led up the garden path with unrealistic revenue forecasts and you are faced with paying huge franchising fees, or
- the franchise you thought you were buying is not what you have received.
2. You are a franchisor and you want to enforce your franchise agreement against a recalcitrant franchisee.
With the Franchising Code in operation, there is a real need for solid advice to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation. However, if it comes to litigation, we will work to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
We have the knowledge and experience to help you through the process.
Franchise Disputes Team
Matters our lawyers have handled include:
- acting for franchisors against franchisees who:
- haven’t paid their franchise fees,
- have left without sufficient notice – leaving the store abandoned, and
- have set up another business in competition,
- advising franchisees about their rights regarding a restraint after the franchise agreement ended,
- advising franchisees about ending a franchise where the business concept was good but success was thwarted by poor franchisor support,
- advising franchisees about terminating a franchise agreement where the franchisor had not complied with the disclosure requirements of the Franchising Code,
- explaining the relationship and obligations between master franchisors and sub-franchisors,
- advising about the effects of the franchisor not disclosing relevant financial information,
- advising as to whether a franchisor has complied with its marketing obligations, and the effect of non-compliance on the rights of the franchisee to cancel the franchising agreement,
- advising whether misrepresentations would entitle a franchisee to claim for loss of profits,
- enforcing a franchising agreement against a rogue franchisee, and
- protecting the rights of a franchisor against unlawful action by the franchisee.