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Should've gone to Specsavers? – franchisees claim fraudulent misrepresentation against their franchisor

Should've gone to Specsavers? – franchisees claim fraudulent misrepresentation against their franchisor

By | 03 Oct 2018

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.

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The trouble with success: a franchise litigator's perspective

The trouble with success: a franchise litigator's perspective

By and | 06 Sep 2018

The franchisor/franchisee relationship is, in many respects, just like any other long term relationship.

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How well do you know your franchise agreement?

How well do you know your franchise agreement?

By | 25 Jul 2018

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.

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Joint Venture Franchises: The Whys and Wherefores

Joint Venture Franchises: The Whys and Wherefores

By and | 25 Jul 2018

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.

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Clucking Mad – what can franchise businesses learn from KFC's supply chain issues?

By and | 12 Mar 2018

The recent and much reported closure of approximately 600 KFC restaurants in the UK confirmed the country's fondness for fried chicken and also highlighted the importance of careful supply chain management. In this article, we look at the lessons that can be learned and applied to managing risks and liabilities in a franchised supply chain.

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Lessons learnt – a review of 5 English law cases from 2017 and what franchise and distribution businesses can learn from them

Lessons learnt – a review of 5 English law cases from 2017 and what franchise and distribution businesses can learn from them

By | 25 Jan 2018

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.

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Top 10 legal pitfalls in franchising (and how to avoid them)

Top 10 legal pitfalls in franchising (and how to avoid them)

By | 20 Nov 2017

The top 10 common legal pitfalls in franchising and how to avoid them.

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Franchising and the gig economy – the risks and rewards

Franchising and the gig economy – the risks and rewards

By and | 01 Sep 2017

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.

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The clock is ticking. Is your Franchise Business GDPR-ready?

The clock is ticking. Is your Franchise Business GDPR-ready?

By | 12 Jul 2017

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.