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At our law firm, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with owning and operating a franchise. Our experienced lawyers are dedicated to providing personalised, high-quality legal services to franchisees, franchisors, and other stakeholders in the franchise industry.

If you are a franchisor, our experienced Chinese franchise lawyers can help to grow your franchise

Whether you are starting a new franchise or expanding an existing one, our team has the expertise and experience to guide you through every step of the process.

How can we help?

We offer a full range of legal services to franchisors, including

  • preparing and updating Franchise Disclosure Documents; 
  • drafting comprehensive and compliant franchise agreements;
  • ensuring compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct; 
  • protecting trademark rights and enforce against infringement; and
  • obtaining necessary licenses and permits for the franchise operation.

If you are a franchisee, our experienced Chinese franchise lawyers can protect your interests as a franchisee. 

Whether you are entering into a franchise agreement for the first time or seeking to resolve an issue with your franchisor, our team has the expertise and experience to help you achieve your goals.

How can we help?

We offer a full range of legal services to franchisees, including:

  • reviewing and negotiating franchise agreements;
  • advising on your rights and obligations under franchise law;
  • representing you in disputes with your franchisor;
  • advising on termination and renewal of franchise agreements; and
  • protecting your business and intellectual property rights.

Frequently asked questions

Franchisor

How do I know if my business is ready for expansion?

Before expanding, you should consider factors such as the financial health of your business, the strength of your brand, and the availability of suitable franchisees. 

Evaluating your business’s readiness for expansion is an important step that should not be rushed. Contact us now to evaluate all factors and determine whether expansion is a viable option for your business.

What is involved in expanding my franchise business?

Expanding your franchise business typically involves creating a franchise disclosure document (FDD), registering with the appropriate state agencies, and recruiting and training franchisees. It’s important to work with an experienced franchise lawyer to ensure that your FDD and franchise agreements are legally compliant and protect your interests.

It’s important to contact us early in the process to ensure that your expansion plans are legally compliant and protect your interests. Delays in obtaining legal advice could result in costly mistakes or regulatory issues.

What are the legal responsibilities of a franchisor?

As a franchisor, you have legal responsibilities to your franchisees, including providing training and support, maintaining quality standards, and complying with all applicable laws and regulations. It is important to work with a franchise lawyer to ensure that all legal requirements are met and to protect your business from potential legal disputes.

Failure to comply with franchising laws and regulations can lead to costly legal disputes and damage to your business’s reputation. Seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that your business is set up for success.

What if I have a dispute with franchisees?

The first step in resolving a franchise dispute is to review the franchise agreement and identify the provisions that apply to the issue. Depending on the nature of the dispute, you may be required to engage in mediation or arbitration to resolve the issue.

It is important to seek legal advice before entering into any dispute resolution process to ensure that you are protected by the best course of action. 

How can a lawyer help me as a franchisee?

Franchising is a complex and highly regulated area of law, and working with an experienced franchise lawyer can help ensure that all legal requirements are met and that your business is protected. A franchise lawyer can assist with creating the franchise agreement and disclosure documents, providing ongoing legal advice and support, and handling any legal disputes that may arise.

It is important to engage a lawyer who has specific experience in franchising to ensure the best possible outcome for your business.

What experience does Canaan Lawyers have in franchise law?

We have extensive experience with setting up franchise agreements for a range of popular brands, including Miniso, Paparich, Gotcha, Pera and others. We have worked with these brands to ensure that their franchise agreements are legally sound and protect the interests of both franchisors and franchisees.

How much are the legal costs for starting a franchise?

The legal costs for starting a franchise can vary depending on various factors such as the size of the franchise, the type of business, and the location.

In order to get a specific quote, it would be best to contact us directly. We can assess your specific needs and provide you with a fixed-fee quote.

Franchisee

What is a franchise agreement and why do I need a lawyer to review it?

A franchise agreement is a legally binding contract between a franchisor and a franchisee. It outlines the terms and conditions of the franchise relationship, including the franchisee’s rights and responsibilities, the franchisor’s obligations, and the fees and royalties the franchisee must pay.

It is important to have a lawyer review the agreement before signing to ensure that you understand your obligations and rights, and that you are not agreeing to any unfair or unreasonable terms. Contact us now to avoid exposing yourself to unnecessary risks or liabilities.

What are my ongoing obligations as a franchisee?

As a franchisee, you are responsible for adhering to the terms of the franchise agreement and following the franchisor’s operating procedures and standards. This includes paying ongoing royalties and fees, maintaining the franchisor’s brand standards, and complying with any reporting or record-keeping requirements.

It is important to seek legal advice to understand your ongoing obligations before entering into a franchise agreement and review any proposed changes to your obligations over time.

What happens if I want to sell my franchise or transfer ownership?

The franchise agreement will typically include provisions for the sale or transfer of the franchise. These provisions may include a right of first refusal for the franchisor or restrictions on who you can sell to.

It is important to review these provisions carefully and to seek legal advice before entering into any sale or transfer agreements. Without legal advice, you may be exposing yourself to legal or financial risks.

What if I have a dispute with the franchisor?

If you have a dispute with the franchisor, it is important to follow the dispute resolution process outlined in the franchise agreement. This may include mediation or arbitration before any legal action can be taken.

It is important to seek legal advice before entering into any dispute resolution process to ensure that you are protected by the best course of action. 

How can a lawyer help me as a franchisee?

Lawyers can help you in several ways as a franchisee. They can:

  • review your franchise agreement and help you negotiate fair terms;
  • advise you on your ongoing obligations and help you navigate any disputes with the franchisor; and
  • assist with the sale or transfer of your franchise ownership.

It is important to engage a lawyer as early as possible to ensure that you are protecting your rights and interests.

What experience does Canaan Lawyers have in franchise law?

We have extensive experience with setting up franchise agreements for a range of popular brands, including Miniso, Paparich, Gotcha, Pera and others. We have worked with these brands to ensure that their franchise agreements are legally sound and protect the interests of both franchisors and franchisees.

Will I be responsible for paying any legal fees associated with my franchise agreement?

Yes, as a franchisee, you will typically be responsible for paying your own legal fees when reviewing and negotiating your franchise agreement. The legal costs can vary depending on various factors such as the size of the franchise, the type of business, and the location.

In order to get a specific quote, it would be best to contact us directly. We can assess your specific needs and provide you with a fixed-fee quote.

This FAQ content is general in nature and not intended as legal advice. For specific legal advice regarding your situation, we strongly advise you to consult a lawyer. 

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