Our team have extensive experience in advising and representing franchisees and franchisors in all types of legal matters.

Our franchise lawyers are skilled and knowledgeable in Franchising law. We are experienced in assisting our franchise clients with the unique relationship between franchisors and franchisees, particularly when disputes arise.

We offer the following services in franchising legal services

  • Franchise Purchase Advice
  • Franchise Sale Advice
  • Dispute Resolution via Mediation
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Leasing and property advice
  • Employment Advice
  • Preparation of Franchise Documents for Franchisors
  • Disclosure Documents
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Advice on the Franchising Code of Conduct & Australian Consumer Laws

Franchising is a highly regulated area of law and we have a deep understanding of the procedures and requirements in franchising.


It can be quite exciting when buying a franchise but there are also a lot of things that need to be considered. We have a deep understanding of this area of law and have advised and helped many clients when buying a franchise.

When obtaining legal advice for buying a franchise you should ensure that your lawyer is experienced in franchising. Franchising is different from other areas of law and is highly regulated and some terms and conditions will greatly impact your investment.

It is not the same as buying a business and not all business lawyers are skilled in providing this type of advice to franchisees.

We understand the key issues in franchising and where disputes arise as we routinely assist franchisees and franchisors with their legal needs.

We also can assist in advising on any disputes that arise as well as a host of other legal issues that you may have relating to leasing, employment and more.


We can assist with franchisors when they are starting their franchise business. Our experience in this area will ensure that you have the best legal advice and that your franchise documents are comprehensive. This will allow you to start your franchise system and business with the best foundation.

Specific skill sets are required for the preparation of disclosure documents and franchise agreements. These documents need to be properly drafted to suit your organisation.

Having the right agreements will ensure that there will be less risk of disputes arising. It is a niche area of commercial law that crosses over many areas of law. It also is regulated with dedicated franchise laws under the Australian Consumer Law and regulated by the Franchising Code of Conduct.

In addition to this there are the other complex employment issues that relate to franchisors as well as other areas such as intellectual property and leasing.

Franchise Disputes

We have handled many franchise disputes for clients and helped them achieve favourable outcomes. This is important in a business model where you may have a dispute and also need to maintain a continuing working relationship with the other party.

Handling such disputes requires a high degree of professionalism and understanding to ensure that franchisee and franchisor short and long term goals are achieved. We ensure that your case is presented professionally and is carefully considered.

Mediation is a key part of resolving disputes in franchise matters. We are skilled in helping our clients and the opposing party reach a satisfactory agreement to resolve their issue.

We have also experienced and successful in pursuing a franchise dispute through to court if an agreement is not reached. Our law firm has extensive litigation experience and knowledge in the court processes. It is important with all litigious matters that you choose legal representation that is experienced, well organised and professional to deliver you the best results.

Our advice is backed by years of experience in helping franchisees and franchisors with their legal matters.

Speak to one of our franchise lawyers today about how we can assist you in your franchising matter.

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Branden L, Ravenhall

Excellent Service. PCL did a great job advising me about my rights and protecting my name and business goodwill. I can absolutely recommend this very professional service.

Brett Wilson/Glen Waverley

If I had of gone to another law firm that was cheaper I may have saved many thousands of dollars but as it turns out I may have lost a lot more than that upon settlement. Using a firm such as PCL lawyers I had the peace of mind that each issue as it arose was dealt with in a very matter of fact way and to the letter of the law.

Tiffany J/ Australia

Out of speaking to two other lawyers you were the only one to give me any genuine advice.

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I appreciate your time and effort and thank you for your prompt response and professionalism. I would not hesitate to use your services again and refer PCL Lawyers to others.

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