Franchising is a key business model in Australia, generating over 500,000 jobs and bringing in over $180 billion in revenue each year
Since the introduction of the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct over 20 years ago, the complex web of regulations affecting the franchise sector has only continued to increase.
In addition to increased penalties and the introduction of the new super penalties, significant changes have been introduced over the past few years, creating new challenges for both Australian franchises and international franchises expanding into Australia. Navigating the regulatory landscape requires sound, well-reasoned legal advice based on a strong understanding of Australia's franchising sector.
How we can help
We represent a diverse range of national and multinational clients in a variety of franchising matters, including:
- litigation defending large corporate franchisors against claims brought by franchisees, including multi-party disputes;
- providing regulatory and compliance advice to both franchisors and franchisees;
- advising on complex franchise network restructuring;
- drafting franchise agreements and disclosure documents; and
- conducting due diligence for, and advising on, complex large-scale corporate transactions involving franchising issues.
We work across a variety of industries including restaurant and food, retail, motor vehicle, banking and finance, and security services.
As a member of the Franchising Council of Australia, we play an active role in keeping our clients abreast of developments in the franchising area. We offer franchisors a free reminder service, keeping track of key Code-mandated and contractual deadlines. You may also sign up for our free Franchising updates here.