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Franchising

For over 30 years, our top-ranked and market-leading franchise practice has been advising businesses on their expansion through franchising. We have helped businesses grow into global brands, played a part in the evolution of the franchise model and advised across a wide spectrum of issues.

We advise franchise clients across a range of sectors, including food and beverage, retail, hotels and leisure, entertainment, services, healthcare, automotive and education. This sector focus enables us to provide creative and practical solutions for our clients. As a trusted advisor, we help clients formulate and benchmark their strategy and avoid common pitfalls.

Notable deals and highlights

  • We advised a global coffee brand on all aspects of the invention and launch of its franchising business in the UK in relation to legal, commercial, business modelling and management issues. We have since advised on adaptations to the franchise model, international expansion into the EMEA region and implementing digital and mobile payments systems.
  • We advised a UK luxury fashion retail brand in respect of its international development, including franchising, concessions, distribution, ecommerce rights and licensing requirements in addition to managing the global trade mark portfolio.
  • We advised a US hotel management company entering the European market, preparing model management agreements and assisting with the acquisition of a number of European management companies working with most leading hotel brand owners.
  • We advised a UK independent school on its international expansion through franchising. Schools are increasingly using franchise models to tap into new markets.
  • We acted for a UK provider of domiciliary care and have assisted with managing and growing its large mature network of franchisees, advising on resolving franchisee disputes, renewals, exits and acquisitions.

Request our Franchising Guides

We understand that everyone's perception of franchising is different so we have developed a Franchising guides to help you better understand the issues.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Franchising
  • Legal Guide to Franchising in the UK