The franchising sector is under significant scrutiny at the moment, with continuing allegations of franchisee exploitation and the ongoing review of the Franchising Code of Conduct having significant implications for the sector as a whole.

Deep experience

In this context, there is no substitute for focused, experienced advice.  An intimate knowledge of the Franchising Code of Conduct, the key regulation that governs the terms of franchising agreements and ongoing conduct between franchisees and franchisors, is foundational, but there is more to understanding franchising than the Code.  Your lawyers also need to understand the intricacies of how various franchising systems operate within different industries.  It is vital to appreciate how franchise systems interact with industry specific laws and, in disputes, to understand what motivates and concerns franchisors and franchisees.

Here at CIE Legal, we don’t just advise the franchising sector – we participate in it.  The firm as a whole and Daniel Marks specifically, are members of the Franchise Council of Australia and Managing Partner Peter George has appeared at the Joint Parliamentary Enquiry into the franchising industry on behalf of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Focused advice

We advise franchising clients on the full range of issues that any business needs and on the specialist issues too.  Here’s a list of the franchise-specific issues we address:

  • franchise Agreements and Disclosure Documents
  • business structuring and asset protection
  • franchisee recruitment processes
  • appointment of new franchisees
  • purchase of franchised businesses
  • sale of franchisor-owned businesses to franchisees
  • Franchising Code of Conduct advice and interpretation
  • sale and purchase of Franchised networks and systems
  • rationalisation and restructuring of franchise networks
  • franchisee breaches and defaults
  • termination of franchise agreements
  • disputes between franchisors and franchisees
  • Master Franchise and Area Development Agreements
  • workplace relations laws including employment and OH&S.

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