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Managing supply chain risk in a franchise system – proposed changes to the UK insolvency regime

Managing supply chain risk in a franchise system – proposed changes to the UK insolvency regime

By | 24 May 2019

Failures rates within franchising are typically much lower than non-franchised start-ups. However, the latest BFA/NatWest survey of the UK franchising sector cites franchisee underperformance as one of the three key concerns of franchisors, and franchise businesses are of course not immune from the economic headwinds and technological changes, which are affecting various sectors.

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My NBF – how to select and what to expect from your franchise lawyer

My NBF – how to select and what to expect from your franchise lawyer

By | 24 May 2019

Franchising is a complex area of law and, aside from ensuring that your business is "franchisable" and ready to franchise, choosing the right franchise lawyer is a key strategic decision.

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Getting the house in order - preparing for a franchise business sale

Getting the house in order - preparing for a franchise business sale

By | 26 Mar 2019

The recent BFA/NatWest survey of the franchising sector in the UK confirmed that franchising is in very good health and continues to expand and mature.

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Non-reliance clauses in franchise agreements – Court of Appeal confirms they are subject to the "reasonable test"

Non-reliance clauses in franchise agreements – Court of Appeal confirms they are subject to the "reasonable test"

By and | 26 Mar 2019

A "non-reliance" clause is a common feature in a franchise agreement. Such clauses contain an acknowledgment by a franchisee that they agree not to rely on any statements or representations which are not expressly set out within the franchise agreement.

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Getting to Grips with Pre-Contractual Disclosure in Europe

Getting to Grips with Pre-Contractual Disclosure in Europe

By | 10 Dec 2018

It is a common misunderstanding that the European Union (EU) is a genuine single market with a fully harmonised legal system.

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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 | 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.