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Franchising

We are the only barristers' chambers with a dedicated Franchising team and our franchising barristers have been involved in many of the high profile franchising cases in recent years.

We offer a full service to clients, acting for both franchisors and franchisees across the range of franchise related legal issues and disputes. Our team includes specialist practitioners in intellectual property who can assist in all aspects of brand protection, passing off and trade mark infringement.

We can and will act speedily when injunctions are needed on an emergency basis, or expedited trials call for preparation within a very short timeframe. We can also handle group actions arising from franchising, whether in litigation or pre-action. We are keenly aware of your commercial objectives and that these are often best achieved out of court - our barristers are experienced in all aspects of mediation and other forms of ADR.

Our franchising barristers also frequently undertake non-contentious work, advising on the terms and drafting of franchise agreements, distribution and agency agreements. We have also advised on restructuring franchised businesses and franchisor buy-outs.

Our areas of work include

  • Agency agreements
  • Buy-outs of franchise networks
  • Derogation from grant
  • Distribution agreements
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants
  • Franchise agreements (drafting, renewal, termination)
  • Group actions
  • Insolvency and its consequences
  • Intellectual property (including brand protection, passing off, trademark infringement)
  • Misrepresentation
  • Restructuring franchise networks
  • Sale or assignment of franchisee’s business

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact a member of our Practice Management Team on +44 20 7242 2523 or e-mail practicemanagementteam@hardwicke.co.uk.

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