Don't forget to renew those vows
Last week the world tuned into a royal wedding, and as the happy newlyweds look forward to their new life together, we can pause for thought and consider the parallels between the franchise relationship and a marriage.
Clucking Mad – what can franchise businesses learn from KFC's supply chain issues?
The recent closure of over 600 KFC outlets in the UK highlights the importance of supply chain management and also how the different parties which rely on it need to protect themselves from a contractual and legal point of view.
Lessons learnt – a review of 5 English law cases from 2017 and what franchise and distribution businesses can learn from them
Despite being a relatively quiet year for franchise disputes, here are five cases which involved franchise relationships and some lessons which can be learnt from each.
Doing Business in the UAE - new VAT rules for 2018 and their impact on franchising
As part of an on-going programme to re-balance the economy away from oil revenues and enhance the UAE's business environment, a new 5% VAT regime came into effect on January 1, 2018. This will impact on both foreign and
Doing business in the UAE - changes to restrictions on foreign ownership
In the first quarter of 2018, restrictions on foreign ownership are set to change due to the passing of a new investment law permitting 100% foreign ownership of UAE companies in certain business sectors outside of the 'free zones'.
Top 10 legal pitfalls in franchising (and how to avoid them)
The top 10 common legal pitfalls in franchising and how to avoid them.
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.
Preparing to Go Global
Franchising can help transform a business into an international brand and secure new revenue streams. This article looks at how businesses should prepare effectively for their global expansion.
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.
Franchising in Europe – wind of change, or a road to nowhere?
The European Parliament has published a study, focusing on how the EU regulatory environment impacts upon franchising and suggests that franchising is failing to fulfil its full potential in the EU.
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.
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.
Expertise activity stream
Gordon Drakes and Tim Rickard published 'Clucking Mad – what can franchise businesses learn from KFC's supply chain issues?'
Gordon Drakes published 'Lessons learnt – a review of 5 English law cases from 2017 and what franchise and distribution businesses can learn from them'
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'