Franchising has become increasingly complex due scrutiny from government bodies due to poor business practices throughout the industry. If you require legal advice as a franchisor our expert franchise lawyers have extensive experience in handling a wide range of franchising issues.

Starting a Franchise

Starting a new business is cumbersome enough – however starting a franchise is a different again as it much more regulated. Getting the right franchise advice for experienced franchise lawyers is essential when starting a new franchise.

New franchisors need their documentation, such as franchise agreements and disclosure statements, to be carefully drafted to ensure that they will protect the franchisor. The right documentation sets the tone for the franchise relationship. Obtaining an experienced and professional legal team to draft and prepare franchise agreements is essential.

We draft these document in consultation with you and ensure that they are legally compliant and properly reflect the commercial franchise arrangement.

It is essential for your franchise lawyer to understand the franchise relationship and experience in handling disputes and litigation between franchisees and franchisors. This will ensure that your documentation is written with proper consideration given to the issues that are unique to franchising.

Understanding Legislation relevant to Franchising

In addition to the normal laws and regulations that commercial entities have to navigate franchising has it’s own specific code of conduct and workplace laws.

The Mandatory Code of Conduct is an important aspect of franchising which regulates much of the franchisor and franchisees obligations and entitlements. It is unique to franchising and it is essential to have lawyers who understand and the code. This understanding is obtained only through experience of advising clients and handling disputes and litigation.

This experience is essential to produce franchise documents are comprehensively drafted with commercial realities of franchising in mind.

If you are new to franchising, you will benefit from our practical experience in that we fully understand your obligations for compliance.

Disputes with Franchisees

Throughout the course of your business it is normal for disputes to arise. Some disputes can be sorted quickly, whilst others may be ongoing and be very disruptive to your business. As franchisors and the industry is under more scrutiny it is important to handle disputes in a pro-active and transparent manner.

Under the code of conduct there is specific section that regulates how disputes are to be handled for both franchisees and franchisors.


Mediation is one key aspect to resolving disputes that are not settled quickly. We are experienced in handling mediation and litigation between franchisees and franchisors. These mediations and negotiations are complex and often commercially based. Getting a resolution at mediation can save time, money, brand and franchisee perception and the commercial relationship between the parties.

If a resolution cannot be reached then the dispute may be pursued further. We have handled many franchise disputes and obtained great results for our clients when the matters have progressed to court.

At PCL Lawyers our law firm has extensive experience in advising clients in their franchising matters.

To speak to a lawyer today regarding your franchising matter please contact us on 1300 907 335 or or complete an online enquiry form and we will respond to your promptly.

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