whichfranchise legal provides essential legal advice for those looking to buy or develop a franchise. We cannot stress enough how important it is that you always seek the appropriate legal advice from an accredited franchise lawyer; whichfranchise only works with those solicitors who are members of the British Franchise Association. If you wish to have a franchise agreement reviewed then our directory of solicitors should be your first port of call. If you are an existing franchisee or franchisor, and have a grievance or dispute, then our legal experts can provide you with some free initial advice. Or if you are looking to franchise your business or bring an international franchise to the UK, you will also need to seek the appropriate legal advice. To find a bfa solicitor who can help with your enquiry visit our solicitors directory

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THE FRANCHISE LEGAL STAGES

When buying a franchise there are several franchise legal stages you need to go through. Before signing any franchise agreement or other franchise legal documents, it is vital that you seek legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in franchising.

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WHAT IS THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT?

In order to become a franchisee you will have to enter into a legal agreement with the franchisor, known as the Franchise Agreement. As there is no specific legislation or regulation for franchising, the franchise agreement becomes all-important in determining the rights and obligations of the franchisor and the franchisee and the relationship between them. Read more...

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Ask The Experts

Franchising can be a very complex area and to make sure you find the right franchise for you, or set up your own franchise correctly, is it imperative that you do as much research as possible. This includes seeking professional help and advice. Our Ask the Expert section allows you to post questions regarding funding a franchise, legal issues, accountancy, consultancy and general franchise advice. Post your questions to our panel of experts

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FRANCHISE DISPUTES

Franchise disputes arise frequently, not because franchisors are necessarily keen to have a fight with their franchisees or the other way round, but because franchise agreements are complex, commercial contracts which last for a considerable period of time, normally between five and ten years and are entered into by a large number of people - many networks have 200 or more franchisees. Read more

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