We are dedicated franchise lawyers and understand the franchisee perspective.
Buying a Franchise
Buying a franchise is a great opportunity to operate your own business under an established brand and proven model. It is often considered a viable alternative to a start-up business. However, buying a franchise is not a guarantee of success and issues can arise.
It is important as a prospective franchisee to consider all the advantages and disadvantages of franchising and seek advice from an experienced franchising lawyer to understand your rights, responsibilities and the legal ramifications of becoming a franchisee.
The Franchise Documents
The Franchising Code of Conduct requires franchisors to provide prospective franchisees with:
1. the Franchise Agreement;
2. the Disclosure Document; and
3. a copy of the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code).
Understanding the contents of the franchise documentation is imperative. This is because the documents set out the details of the franchise business, your obligations and rights as franchisee and the obligations and rights of the franchisor.
The franchise agreement is often weighted heavily in favour of the franchisor. Failing to consider the agreement carefully may result in problems which could have been prevented by simply obtaining proper legal advice from the beginning. Therefore, it is important to consult a franchise lawyer prior to signing a franchise agreement.
At PCL Lawyers, our team of franchise lawyers can:
- review franchise agreements and disclosure documents;
- review other relevant documentation such as employment contracts, operation manuals and sale of business documents;
- assist with due diligence;
- advise you on your rights and obligations as a franchisee;
- advise you on the rights and obligations of the franchisor;
- advise you on your options when the franchise agreement expires;
- assist with negotiating with the franchisor; and
- assist with leases and Premises Licence Agreements.
Our approach at PCL Lawyers is to provide experienced advice and not merely a “rubberstamp”. We are here to answer the myriad of questions you likely have and to assist you in your due diligence.
To speak to one of our franchising lawyers, contact us on 1300 907 335 or complete the enquiry form on this page.
Franchise disputes can be disruptive and costly.
We understand the importance of achieving a solution efficiently and cost-effectively. When a franchise dispute arises, we take the time to make an assessment of your position and provide concise legal advice on the options available to you.
Our approach is to obtain a resolution by way of mediation. Legal representation at this time can help you get a better and a faster result.
For many cases, we find litigation is a last resort. If legal proceedings need to be commenced, our litigation team are savvy and experienced.
At PCL Lawyers, our franchise lawyers act for both franchisors and franchisees. To discuss your franchise dispute, contact us on 1300 907 335 or complete the enquiry form on this page.
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