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Getting to Grips with Pre-Contractual Disclosure in Europe
It is a common misunderstanding that the European Union (EU) is a genuine single market with a fully harmonised legal system.
Should've gone to Specsavers? – franchisees claim fraudulent misrepresentation against their franchisor
In the case of Ali v Abbeyfield VE Ltd (2018 Chancery Division), four ex-Vision Express optician franchisees were successful in their claim against their franchisor, in which they alleged that they were induced to enter into their franchise agreements on the basis of false information provided by a Vision Express employee.
How well do you know your franchise agreement?
This article was first published by Global Franchise Magazine in June 2018. It speaks to a UK audience of businesses and individuals who are new to franchising and provides guidance on key issues to cover in the franchise agreement.
Joint Venture Franchises: The Whys and Wherefores
Franchising provides a flexible model for growth or re-engineering, with a variety of structures to meet different needs. Of all the structures the joint venture franchise is the least understood and most likely to cause difficulties, if not structured correctly.
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'.
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.
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 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
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.
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Gordon Drakes published 'Should've gone to Specsavers? – franchisees claim fraudulent misrepresentation against their franchisor'
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'