We can help with setting up a new franchisee, finalising agreements to protect intellectual property, selling a franchise or dealing with a dispute.

There are many elements to consider when franchising.

You can always rely on our advice.

Whether you are a Franchisor or a Franchisee, our focus is on working with you to uncomplicate the franchise world. We provide strategic and proactive advice and guidance allowing you to focus on the success of your franchise.

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New Franchisee & Franchise Resales

Whether you are a new franchisee or you are buying or selling your existing franchise, it can be a complex process. Our dedicated Franchise Team can advise both prospective and existing franchisees on matters such as:

Guiding you through the Franchise sale / purchase process

Explaining the Franchise Agreement

Negotiating leases for premises

Employment and HR matters

Franchise disputes

Industry specific advice

Franchise Networks We Have Worked With:



Starbucks Coffee

Boots Opticians

EE Stores

Pizza Hut

Franchise Disputes

Usually the relationship between franchisee and franchisor can be a very rewarding and profitable one for both parties, however disputes can arise when either side feels the other is failing to adhere to their contractual obligations. Our specialist Dispute Resolution Team can specifically advise on:

Breaches of Franchise Agreements

Disputes concerning either party not meeting their franchise obligations

Intellectual Property disputes

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Whether you are a Franchisor or a Franchisee, our focus is on working with you to uncomplicate the legal process, providing strategic and proactive advice and guidance, allowing you to focus on what matters most, the success of your franchise!

- Stephen Burke

If you have an enquiry in relation to Franchising or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The parties will need to negotiate the terms of a franchise agreement setting out their obligations. We can advise franchisors or franchisees on franchise agreements.

The responsibilities of a franchisor and franchisee will be set out in a franchise agreement. It is common for a franchisor to provide know how and advice on setting up the new franchise business and, potentially, offer advertising. A franchisee would be responsible for; paying ongoing management fees to the franchisor, promoting and growing the franchise business and purchasing products either directly from the franchisor or the franchisor’s recommended supplier. 

This will largely depend on how negotiations in relation to the franchise agreement progress. Generally speaking we would expect the parties to agree the terms of a franchise agreement within 4 weeks. Please note, this timeframe may be affected if the franchisee may need to source trading premises.

The starting point would be to review your franchise agreement carefully as it may set out a procedure for the resolution of disputes. Please note, in the event of a franchise dispute we strongly suggest you obtain legal advice even if your franchise agreement contains a dispute resolution clause. Dispute resolution clauses can be complex and should be reviewed by a legal expert.

One major benefit to a franchisee setting up a franchise business is they get to use an established business name and branding associated with a particular franchise. Conversely, for a Franchisor a franchise business model offers the opportunity to grow their franchise without having to manage the “day to day” running of each franchise outlet.

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If you have a legal enquiry and would like to speak to one of our specialist team, please get in touch. We aim to respond within 2 hours of receiving your enquiry and look forward to hearing from you.

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Brian Aikman


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David Preece


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Gareth Ruddock


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Julia Fitzsimmons


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Mohammed Ahsan


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What Our Clients Say

Stuart Rea handled our unusual and complex matter with professionalism.  He understood what we wanted to achieve and gave us very clear guidance on our legal position - even though we did not necessarily want to hear the advice it was essential to our charity understanding our legal position and therefore making lawful decisions.  He also worked to the very tight timescales that we needed.

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Mr Soulsby


David Preece gave us timely and relevant advice on a share purchase agreement:  we needed the key risks and implications explaining to us and he did that in a clear and direct way.  The service was good quality and good value.  Would definitely use the firm again.

David Preece

Ms Henry


I used FBCMB for a business/commercial and found them to be helpful, professional and informative.  Their costs were as quoted.  I would recommend them and if I need their services in the future I would certainly use them again.

Jaspreet Kler

Ms Plant


David Preece of FBC Manby Bowdler's Corporate Team could not have offered more support and understanding in the complicated process of buying multiple businesses. I received the peace of mind, step by step updates and complete support that helped the whole process complete smoothly and on time. FBC Manby Bowdler look after our entire legal business.

The knowledge and support we receive across all departments is exemplary and gives us the space we need to concentrate on our core strategy. Knowing that we have industry leading professionals available when we need them gives us the confidence and peace of mind we need to grow our business, whether that includes acquisitions, possible litigation, commercial matters or human resourcing considerations.

FBC Manby Bowdler have the experience and the approach which can fit any size of business. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.

David Preece

Robin Breese-Davies (TED Group)