Articles of interest

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Articles and published material

Please click on the links below to download or read the articles in PDF format. Some are aimed at franchisors, some at franchisees.


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Advantages and disadvantages of a franchise (Spring 2011) - a question and answer format for Business Franchise on some of the advantages and disadvantages of buying a franchise, from a franchisee's perspective.


Does a franchisee need a solicitor and when (Winter 2010) - a question and answer format for Business Franchise on whether a franchisee needs a solicitor and when to get one.


Selling a franchise overseas (Summer 2010) - a question and answer format for Franchisor News regarding how a new franchisor should respond to enquiries from overseas potential franchisees.


Why buy a franchise rather than start on my own (Spring 2010) - a question and answer format for Business Franchise on why a franchise may be more attractive than starting a business alone.


Handling non-performing franchisees (Winter 2009) - a question and answer format for Franchisor News on dealing with under-performing franchisees.


Other agreements a franchisee may have to sign (Winter 2009) - an article for Business Franchise on what other early legal agreements a franchisee may have to sign before the main franchise agreement.


Starting as a franchisee in the recession (Spring 2009) - an article for Business Franchise on buying a franchise in difficult economic times.


Changing a franchise agreement (Spring 2009) - a question and answer format for Franchisor News regarding a franchisor changing the franchise agreement and how it affects existing franchisees.


Franchise Fees and Minimum Performance Targets (Spring 2009) - an article for Business Franchise on franchise fees and minimum performance targets from a franchisee's perspective.


Franchisee checklist for the franchise agreement (Spring 2009) - an article for Business Franchise giving an outline for franchisees on what to look for in the franchise agreement before signing.


Negotiability of franchise fees (Spring 2009) - a question and answer format for Business Franchise on whether a franchisee can negotiate the franchise fees.


Regional representatives for a franchisor (Summer 2008) - a question and answer format published in Franchisor News regarding the potential structure and legal documents for a franchisor to appoint regional representatives in the UK.


Establishing an extranet for use by franchisees (Summer 2008) - a question and answer format published in Franchisor News regarding the pros and cons of setting up and managing an extranet for use by the franchisee network.


Refunding a potential franchisee's deposit (Spring 2008) - a question and answer format published in Franchisor News regarding the circumstances in which a franchisor should refund the deposit to a franchisee who does not proceed.


Video web interview January 2008 - Élise Billy contributed a video web interview aimed at potential franchisees discussing legal aspects and the franchise agreement for Franchise Direct. Please contact us for a copy.


Must all franchisees have the same franchise agreement (Winter 2007) - a question and answer format for Franchisor News on whether all franchisees must be given the same franchise agreement by a franchisor.


Negotiability of the franchise agreement (Winter 2007) - a question and answer format for Franchisor News regarding the negotiability of a franchise agreement and whether a franchisor should be using the same agreement for all franchisees.


Website legal compliance for franchisors(Autumn 2007) - an article for Franchisor News setting out some of the rules and regulations that govern websites and how to ensure that as a franchisor you comply with them.


Company franchisees (Autumn 2007) - a question and answer format for Franchisor News regarding the use by a franchisee of a limited company to enter the franchise and the implications for the franchisor.


Obtaining a full list of franchisees (Autumn 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on whether a potential franchisee should expect to receive from the franchisor a full list of current franchisees to contact.


The Franchise Operations Manual (Autumn 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business explaining to a potential franchisee what the Operations Manual is.


Maximum prices when franchisor sells products to franchisee (Summer 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on the maximum prices at which a franchisor can sell products to a franchisee who is obliged to buy them under the franchise agreement.


Why buy a franchise rather than start on my own (Summer 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on why a franchise may be more attractive than starting a business alone.


Who to approach at the bank for franchisee funding (Spring 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on who to approach within the bank to obtain funding to buy a franchise.


Franchisee obligation to move to retail premises (Spring 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on whether a franchisor can oblige the franchisee to move to retail premises instead of working from home.


Franchise that does not achieve promised earnings (Spring 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on what recourse there is for a franchisee if a franchise does not achieve the earnings guaranteed by the franchisor.


Buying a UK master licence from a USA franchisor (Spring 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on whether a USA franchise concept will work in the UK.


What legal agreements will a franchisee sign (Spring 2007) - a question and answer format for Small Business on the legal agreements that a franchisee may sign when buying a franchise.


Tips for a franchisee in relation to the franchise agreement (Spring 2007) - an article for Small Business with a short overview of what franchisees should look for in the franchise agreement before signing.


Articles more recent than those dated above are available on request.


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