As members of the British Franchise Association, the Healys Franchise Team provides a wide range of services for both franchisors and franchisees. We take a clear and practical approach to our client’s needs, ensuring that we understand the business plan and offer advice best suited for their commercial goals. Our specialised lawyers have extensive experience and specific expertise in this area, and will support and enhance your business plans every step of the way.
Services for franchisee
Becoming a franchisee is a great opportunity to manage a business with the security of an established brand and the support of a client network. With over 30 years of experience, we have assisted in a wide range of domestic and international franchise ventures, and we are here to represent you when signing your first franchise agreement and throughout your journey as a franchisee.
Franchise agreement reviews
Buying a franchise can be rewarding way to do business. However, the first vital step in the process is to ensure that you fully understand and agree to the terms of a franchise agreement before parting with any money. We will review your franchise agreement and provide you with clear and practical advice on its terms.
Purchase or sale of franchise business
Purchasing a new franchise direct from the franchisor is a common way of starting out as a franchisee. However, purchasing an existing franchise business from a trading franchisee is an easy way to gain instant access to an existing client base, work force and trading history. Most franchise agreements give franchisees the right to sell the business - subject to conditions set out by the original franchisor - and our team is ready and willing to lend their expertise to both buyers and sellers throughout this process.
Franchisees and property
One of the first things you will need to consider as a new franchisee might be acquiring a suitable property from which to trade from. We offer a full range of franchise real estate services, negotiating and advising on acquisition of freehold or leasehold properties, license permissions, alterations and fitouts.
Disputes with franchisors
Should a dispute with a franchisor occur, our dispute resolution team are on hand to provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and set out your options moving forward. We will strive to protect your interests while reaching a cost-effective solution.
Services for franchisors
From preparing your franchise agreement to managing your expanding network, we are here to help with the ever-increasing responsibilities of running a franchise network.
Franchising your business
Taking a successful business and establishing a franchise can be a rewarding way to expand your business both in the UK and abroad. We can advise on all aspects in franchising your business. This can include the way you format your business, your franchise strategy and the drafting of key documentation that includes the franchise agreement. This is document that sets out your relationship between you and your franchisees.
Disputes with franchisees
Should a dispute arise with a franchisee, our dispute resolution team is here to help.
Whether you are looking to renegotiate the terms of your franchise agreements, seek compensation for losses, or respond to a complaint, we will work hard to find an agreeable and cost-effective solution.
Intellectual property protection
We understand that your intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset to you as a franchisor, and will work with you to protect your IP as you build your brand. As one of few UK-based firms with a dedicated IP specialist, we are able to advise franchisors on a broad range of issues including trademark registration, copyright, and confidentiality across multiple jurisdictions. We can ensure that your franchise agreement clearly expresses how franchisees may and may not use IP and trademarks. Our team has years of experience with trademark applications both in the UK and internationally, and are happy to help protect your brand anywhere your franchise expands to.
Depending on the structure of your network, you may need to acquire freehold or leasehold properties, or be party to a lease agreement. Our commercial property experts are able to work closely with you throughout this process, advise on the suitability of properties, negotiate freehold and leasehold documents, advise on leasehold structures and subleases with franchisees, and represent your interests in any property disputes.
Sale of franchise network
With a wealth of experience in buying and selling established franchise networks, our corporate services team will support you through the transaction, from the initial planning stages to completing the sale.
Managing your franchising network
A constantly growing business is the goal for franchisors, but expanding numbers of franchisees can often raise further issues. We are happy to help franchisees throughout their business journeys, assisting with everything from organisational changes to franchise resales. We are able to act on behalf of both franchisors and franchisees to ensure smooth transactions and ongoing success.
International and master franchising
Expanding a franchise internationally is a landmark of corporate success, and involves utilising the local knowledge of international franchisees to appeal to new markets.
However, international expansion requires a high level of attention to detail and awareness of international franchising laws. At Healys we are experienced in working closely with franchisors to create entry strategies, international company structures, and documentation adhering to a range of international regulations.
We are also able to assist UK businesses looking to operate master franchise businesses, by drafting and negotiating a master franchise agreement on their behalf.
Investing in franchising
Investing in a UK Franchise presents an exciting opportunity for high net worth individuals looking to relocate to the UK and is an attractive option to structure entry as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur).
Healys dedicated Franchise Team has extensive experience acting for both franchisors and franchisees across a range of sectors, helping expand new brands or established networks throughout the UK.
As one of a select group of affiliate members of the British Franchise Association (BFA) our experts are well placed to guide you through the process of becoming a franchisee and to provide specific step by step advice to create the right platform for you to begin and grow your UK investment portfolio.