Commercial | Franchise & Licensing

One of the ways to grow a business quickly is by franchising. Trends and sectors change over time but the underlying issues remain constant.


Whether you are a franchisor or franchisee, setting up a new global or national program or wanting to join one, our experience and approach allow us to be incisive and to understand your objectives and the issues concerning your project. 

Our expertise includes:

  • drafting and negotiating franchise agreements
  • advising on the commercial and legal implications and structuring of franchise businesses
  • name and brand licences
  • IP and systems-use licences
  • financing of franchised businesses
  • sale and purchase of franchises
  • general commercial advice for franchisors and franchisees
  • competition law advice


  • acting for the lender in relation to the refinancing of a franchised hotel chain
  • advice in relation to the setting up and operation of a ski resort franchise, a pest-control franchise, an alternative therapy franchise and a pharmacy franchise
  • advice in relation to a proposed franchise of a pawnbroking business
  • disposal of the name and assets of a wine franchise business
  • advising and negotiating a master franchise and distribution agreement for air filter systems
  • advising in relation to ownership of rights, restructuring and licensing of trade marks and trade names and other IP rights for franchise programmes



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— In-house lawyer | Tax strategies company
“Thank you for all your help over the years by the way. I know we were demanding, disproportionately to our size in fact, but you never failed to deliver what we asked for and always at a manageable price. It was very much appreciated and made a real difference to the business.”
— Sales Director | New product design and innovation services company