Franchising can encompass many different areas of law, including commercial property, intellectual property, employment, corporate and commercial law. Our expert legal team can provide advice on all aspects of franchising, ensuring the process is completely lawfully at every step. Whether you are setting up a new franchise, reviewing a franchise agreement, re-selling or establishing a franchise network, we can provide legal help and guidance. Other common aspects of franchising include disputes and resolution, trademarks, scope of operation and TUPE obligations. Whatever stage of the franchising you are at, our legal team can help, as well as providing ongoing support with new and updated legislation.

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More information about Franchising

Are you looking for more information about franchising? Read our legal guide to franchising in England and the laws which apply to all parties.

Franchising provides the opportunity for businesses to expand more rapidly while simultaneously offering others the chance to run a successful operation which has fewer risks. The backing of a proven brand which has an existing customer base makes the idea of franchising appealing to many potential business owners.

Whether you are considering entering into a franchise agreement, or you’re a potential franchisor hoping to set up a network, we can help. With services which span everything from setting up a pilot franchise to assisting with franchise terminations and disputes, we have the experience to support you every step of the way.

    Franchising in the UK

    The franchising industry in England (and the whole of the UK) is overseen by the British Franchising Association. This self-regulation is supported by a Code of Conduct which has been adapted from the European Code of Ethics for Franchising.

    There are no specific franchise laws in the UK but the BFA Code of Conduct is widely viewed as the gold standard, even for non-members. This was demonstrated in the case of Drivertime Recruitment Ltd. re DST Ltd. where the UK High Court made reference to the Code when determining acceptable standards.

    Legal Considerations

    There aren’t any particular laws which set out when a franchise can be opened but the BFA recommends that at least one unit should have been opened in the UK to prove viability.

    While the BFA Code encourages “fairness” in all dealings between the franchisor and the franchisee, there is no legal obligation for the two parties to continue to act in good faith. There may be a clause in the contract which binds the franchisee to act in good faith towards the franchisor.

    The one piece of legislation which is relevant to franchising is the UK Competition Act 1998 (Competition Act). This means that if a franchise agreement is considered to be restricting trade or minimising competition in the UK, it may be made void.

    Due to the potential pitfalls in making, amending or terminating any franchise agreements, it’s essential to obtain legal advice at each stage.


    Preea Jutla

    Commercial Solicitor

    t: +44 0203 649 9016

    Hammad Naveed

    Senior Associate Solicitor

    t: +44 020 3475 2729
    m: +44 07377 190 406

    Reena Popat

    Managing Partner

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    m: +44 07931 347 854

    Kate Beech

    Partner, Corporate Commercial

    t: +44 020 3093 0872
    m: +44 07908 078 025

    Paul Harris

    Senior Associate Solicitor

    t: +44 020 3093 0873


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