Franchising & Licensing

Providing effective advice in franchising depends upon accurately assessing the unique relationship between franchisors and franchisees. It also requires sound practical advice to manage the relationship. We represent a full range of franchisors, from start-ups to national and international franchise systems. We also represent franchisees, including multiple unit holders and area franchisees. Our firm is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association.

Our lawyers on the Franchise Advisory Team look on their role as “legal business advisors”. In doing so, we provide top notch skills with a good range of experience to meet all circumstances so that our franchise clients get informed and practical advice with good value. When problems arise in the franchise relationship, we work closely with our enforcement and litigation lawyers to help ensure that, as far as possible, the bases are covered.

Related Services

Our franchising & licensing services include:

  • Advice and assistance regarding employment laws, liquor licensing and other regulatory matters
  • Advice to help manage the Franchisor/Franchisee Relationship
  • Advice with respect to terminations and repossessions
  • Advising on initial franchise system and set-up
  • Commercial leasing
  • Compliance with Disclosure Obligations
  • Construction contracts and construction lien matters
  • Employment and Contactor issues in the Franchise System
  • Financing of Franchise Systems
  • Franchise agreements, including area development agreements and master franchise agreements
  • Franchise documentation including disclosure documents
  • Franchise litigation including dispute resolution, injunctions and other forms of litigation common to franchising
  • Intellectual property matters
  • Leasing and subleasing
  • Licensing and distribution law arrangements
  • Supply and distribution agreements
  • The purchase and sale of franchise systems
  • Trade-marks, protection of confidential or sensitive information and other intellectual property issues common to franchise systems

For more info, please contact Derwin Wong 

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