Franchising is huge – much bigger than most people realise; and in many areas, it’s a win-win. The franchisors, having established a successful business model, can grow the business without having to generate all the organic growth themselves; the franchisee doesn’t have to reinvent a model, but can build on the development put in by others. Of course, there are more and less successful franchises – and not every franchise business is well run.

However, business failures amongst franchisees are far less common than in other businesses – and that’s why banks love them and are more comfortable funding them than start-up businesses.

Through our specialism in intellectual property – the key ingredient in franchising – and through advising a number of franchisees and franchisors, Berwins have developed an expertise in:

-          Creating franchise agreements

-          Developing the documents which sit around the franchise relationships – confidentiality agreements, leases and subleases, employment contracts and employment insurance schemes

-          Advising on, negotiating and applying for trademarks and creating other forms of intellectual property protection

-          Advising on the balance of agreements, on enforceability and reasonableness in franchise agreements.

Let us help you in your franchise business; please call Claire Armer on 01423 542777 or e-mail

Berwins Solicitors is ‘excellent’ in the areas of IP protection and franchise agreements. Paul Berwin is commended as having ‘great specialist knowledge’, and the team as a whole is ‘very responsive to client’ – Legal 500 2012











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