Australia's franchising and retail business sector has an annual turnover of more than $131 billion and employs around 413,000 people.
While it is a large employer and an important sector of our economy, it consists almost entirely of small to medium businesses across a broad range of industries.
Franchising law is a very specialised field and it requires advisors who understand not only the specifics of franchising but the issues facing SME businesses from home services, food retail to business and finance services.
At Holman Webb we help clients:
Build and launch a franchise system - including advice on the best structure to use and personalising the documentation to suit your needs and incorporating changes as the system grows.
Comply with the law - this includes the Franchising Code of Conduct, consumer and competition law, employment law, property law and even food and advertising standards.
Manage relationships with franchisees – commercial advice on dispute resolution and mediation, and where needed, dealing with franchisee default and terminations.
Protect their brand and system and enforce brand standards - this includes trade mark and intellectual property protection, policy development.
Buy and sell franchised businesses, both large and small.
Expand internationally or bring a franchise system to Australia.
Deal with their other business relationships - advice and negotiation in relation to transactions and relations with landlords, suppliers, creditors and banks and dealing with non-franchise arrangements such as licensing and distribution networks.
As a firm we combine a practical business-oriented approach with personalised service and an understanding of the cost and other pressures of SME businesses and the franchising sector but with a range of expertise to match the big firms.