While franchising is a dynamic sector of the Australian economy, presenting a range of opportunities for establishing profitable and exciting businesses, the complexity of the legal framework and its regulation carries significant risk. This risk must be carefully identified and managed to ensure success and avoid the pitfalls.

Prestige Legal & Corporate Services acts for franchisors and franchisees.

Our lawyers provide experienced and practical advice in all aspects of franchising from development of new franchise systems and businesses to the sale and purchase of existing franchises.

We assist our clients at all stages in navigating the numerous legal, commercial and regulatory challenges to the successful conduct of a franchised business.

And we don’t just assist with franchising. We also provide our clients with advice and assistance in other related areas such as finance, intellectual property, commercial property, company registrations, regulatory compliance, employment law, corporate law and trusts.

Legal Services for Franchisors

Our services in franchise law for franchisors include:

advice regarding disputes and representation in dispute resolution

advising on the Competition and Consumer Act including the Franchising Code of Conduct

assistance with the management of disputes with franchisees

liaison with regulatory bodies including the ACCC

assistance in the sale and resale of new and existing franchises respectively, including the conduct of negotiations and preparation and administration of all required documentation

preparation of franchise agreements, disclosure and ancillary documentation required under the Franchising Code of Conduct

identification, assessment and registration of intellectual property interest

Legal Services for Franchisees

Our services in franchise law for franchisees include:

advice regarding the Franchising Code of Conduct

provision of independent solicitor certificates

negotiating and acting on the sale and purchase of existing franchises

reviewing and advising on retail and commercial leases and licensing arrangements

advice regarding disputes with franchisors and representation of franchisees in dispute resolution proceedings

reviewing and providing advice on franchisor documentation

  • Skiold is a long-standing Danish company headquartered in Denmark and with operations globally. When our company made a decision to acquire interests in an Australian based entity we needed expert Australian legal advice and representation to assist us with the transaction.
    Martin Gadensgaard, Chief Financial Controller, Denmark Read More
  • Robert, Thank you for your assistance in our recent transaction in selling our Group of Businesses. You and your team made the process seamless and more importantly you took the stress out of the situation.
    Janet and Robert Hamilton, Directors, Brisbane Read More
  • Over a matter of years whilst using Prestige Legal & Corporate Services we have found them to be very responsive and effective in delivering the information and advice we required.
    Andy Panes, Director of Education, Gold Coast Read More

For specialised and expert legal advice in the area of franchising, contact us or enquire now today.