Fieldfisher remains top ranked for franchising, commercial contracts and brand management - with thanks to our clients and friends
We would once again like to say a huge thank you to all our of clients and friends who have recognised and endorsed our expertise in franchising, commercial contracts and brand management.
Online selling restrictions - don't get caught in the cross hairs
Two recent cases, one from the CMA in the UK and the other being considered by the ECJ, highlight the need for businesses to pay close attention to how they regulate the online activity of distributors.
European Parliament Resolution on franchising in the retail sector
The resolution cites statistics from a recent study on the regulatory framework for franchising in the EU, and call for measures to address perceived technical barriers which prevent businesses from expanding overseas across the EU.
Update from Australia - new bill to increase workplace liability for franchisors
The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 aims to address the concerns regarding the exploitation of workers in franchise systems and to make franchisors more accountable for breaches of workplace laws by their franchisees.
Franchising and the gig economy – the risks and rewards
A number of businesses which franchise will interact with the gig economy. Both franchisors and franchisees therefore need to know the risks and rewards of any regulation that is introduced.
The clock is ticking. Is your Franchise Business GDPR-ready?
A working party has published guidance on many of the ambiguous aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") which Franchise businesses should be preparing for.
Franchising in the Middle East: VAT set to be rolled out across the Gulf States
Following the signature of a regional framework agreement last year between the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia has recently confirmed that it will introduce a value added tax on certain good and services with effect from 1 January 2018. This is relevant to any foreign brand doing business in the GCC, as the new tax will apply to a number of consumer facing good and services and consequently it will impact upon a business' bottom line.
Preparing for Brexit: Top 5 considerations for franchisors in 2017
2017 is the year in which the UK Government will trigger the exit process and recent events have given the first meaningful insight into the exit process and the likely direction of travel.
Preparing to Go Global
In an article published in Global Franchise Magazine, Gordon guides prospective international franchisors through the maze of considerations involved in going global
Fieldfisher advises DfT on £1.6bn Cross Country franchise agreement
Fieldfisher supports on new Cross Country franchise agreement and package of passenger improvements.
Important recent developments in EU consumer law
A summary of recent developments in EU consumer law, such as proposed new Regulations on geoblocking and cross-border parcel delivery and updated guidance on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive.
When fiction becomes reality…Pokémon Go!
Pokémon- a fictional world just for kids right? WRONG! Pokémon Go takes us a step closer to incorporating augmented reality into our everyday lives. So what does it mean for retailers?
Brexit and ecommerce and the future DSM: what could it mean for you?
The conventional wisdom said it couldn't happen - but it happened; we have a referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU. The current political fallout introduces uncertainty. The likely state of future law has come into focus. In the online and ecommerce space however, we perhaps have more answers than you first think. In the famous words of once United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, there are some known knowns; but also some known unknowns!
BREXIT: no immediate contractual consequences for franchisors with English and Scottish Law contracts
Several franchisors attending the BFA annual conference on Friday - the day of the EU referendum result - expressed concerns about the implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU for their franchise agreements.
Online traders must comply with new EU online dispute resolution requirements
The European Commission has developed a new online dispute resolution (ODR) platform, which has been available for use by traders and consumers since February 15 2016.
Recent Developments in Commercial Agency
This article looks at recent cases concerning commercial agency agreements and explores how the legal concept of commercial agency works in the UK.
Expertise activity stream
Rhys Griffiths, Rob Sheldon, Jonathan Hofstetter, Ranjit Dhindsa and Richard Todd are mentioned in 'The Legal 500 UK 2017'
Gordon Drakes and Nicholas Thorpe published 'Franchising and the gig economy – the risks and rewards'
Gordon Drakes and Tim Rickard published 'Preparing for Brexit: Top 5 considerations for franchisors to consider in 2017 '
John Cassels, John Worthy, Olivia Woolston Morgan and Lowri Maher (née Rees) are mentioned in 'Fieldfisher advises DfT on £1.6bn Cross Country franchise agreement'
Gordon Drakes published 'My word is my bond –franchise agreements can be made and varied orally and by conduct'