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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

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. Read more

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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David Bigmore - David Bigmore & Co

David Bigmore & Co is recognised as one of the leading legal firms in the UK specialising in Franchise Law. David deals with the full range of Franchise legal issues, both in the UK and internationally, including preparing and advising on all types of Franchise Agreements and Master Franchise Agreements, buying and selling Franchisors' and Franchisees' companies and businesses, dealing with Franchise disputes and handling Franchising commercial property matters. Click here to ask David a question

Charlie Pattihis - Healys

Charlie has extensive experience in advising, negotiating and the preparation of franchise agreements, preparing area development agreements, managing the franchise re-sale process (on behalf of either a franchisor or incoming/outgoing franchisee) and offering general advice on franchising. Click here to ask Charlie a question

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