We provide specialist franchising advice to both brand owners and franchisees. When you engage Lewis Silkin, you gain access to a full service law firm with the experience and expertise to support you on all aspects of your franchise business. Our dedicated experts can provide strategic advice on your tax and business structures. We can structure, draft and negotiate your franchise agreements, as well as manage your trade mark portfolio and represent you in commercial disputes.
Your business strategy
Our dedicated franchise lawyers advise leading retailers and other brand owners on all aspects of franchising, licensing, merchandising and concession arrangements. We can help you to decide which model is best for you, guiding you through the pros and cons of different models and strategies and helping you get to navigate the legal and regulatory issues.
Structuring and tax
Whether you are a start-up or an established franchise operator, we can provide a full corporate advisory service to guide you through the complexities of corporate law and governance issues. Our tax specialists are able to advise on tax and VAT planning, property transactions, pensions taxation, partnership structures, staff incentives, investment and funding issues, restructurings, as well as international tax considerations.
The franchise agreement is the most important document for your business, setting out the scope of the relationship between the parties and establishing your respective rights and obligations. For franchisors, we can will draft your franchise agreement, ensuring essential protection for your brand. For franchisees, we will review the agreement, advise you on the risks and help you to negotiate the key terms.
It’s likely that you’ll also need a range of other documents, such as terms of sale, web terms and other commercial agreements. Whatever your needs, our experienced franchise lawyers are here to help, drafting bespoke terms and agreements for your business or helping to negotiate them on your behalf. We are also experts in all things tech and digital, and can advise on software development agreements and on your e-commerce platform.
Our leading team of trade mark attorneys, IP lawyers and specialist support staff can manage your trade mark portfolio for you and help to protect your brand. We will help you to obtain registrations in both the UK and the EU and provide a specialist watch service that alerts you to potential infringements of your IP.
Our specialist data protection team can advise on all aspects of data privacy for your business, drafting privacy notices for your website, negotiating data processing agreements with your suppliers, advising on direct marketing compliance and helping you navigate the complexities of the regulatory landscape.
Whether you’re dealing with a potential trade mark infringement or a dispute over a post-termination restriction, our dispute resolution team can help you to achieve the best outcome for your business. Specialising in both technical intellectual property disputes as well as more general commercial matters, our team includes experienced litigators as well as experts in alternative dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration.
Lewis Silkin is an international firm. As well as having an established EU presence with our office in Dublin, and Belfast, we have offices in Hong Kong and a strong network of international law firms ready to advise on the international aspects of your franchise business.
Can my business run a promotion celebrating the Olympics? Alex Kelham writes for The Times20 July 2021
Many businesses will be buzzing with ideas of how to capitalise on the long-awaited Olympics this month. While you can certainly get into the spirit of it, there are strict rules in place to protect the Olympic and TeamGB brands.
How franchisors and franchisees can work together to combat the impact of Covid-1929 April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is a truly universal crisis, with no regard for borders or socio-economic systems. In just a few short weeks, it has caused havoc for businesses around the world, making casualties of household names and showing us that size doesn’t matter after all. For businesses large and small, online and on the high street, swift action is required to limit the potential long-term damage. For franchise businesses, meaningful – and perhaps unprecedented – cooperation between franchisor and franchisee is also vital.
More than just a stadium…18 September 2019
However it’s done, whether being rebuilt from scratch (Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal), expanded (Liverpool) or converted from other uses (West Ham, Manchester City), one thing for certain is that football stadiums are big business. In this article, we explore some of the current projects and highlight some of the hot topics surrounding these cathedrals of the national game.
To UPC or not UPC – implementation of Unified Patent Court delayed (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is intended to provide a regional forum resolve patent disputes. At the moment, parties have to litigate patent disputes on a country by country basis across Europe, which is time-consuming, expensive and can lead to differing decisions in some countries. UPC decisions will have effect in all 25 states participating in the UPC, providing a single forum to resolve these disputes.