Our Franchise Dispute Resolution Team – representing franchisors
Our dedicated franchise dispute resolution team have over 35 years combined experience of handling disputes, representing franchisors, franchisees and action groups of franchisees. They are headed up by Russell Ford, assisted by Nicola King, Lynsey Smith and Alicia West. The 2015 Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession recently described Russell as; “… a fantastic litigator – right from the get-go he is thinking tactics and substance. He is consistent in how he explains things.”
Our Service for franchisors
Representing the interests of franchisors we have successfully won claims for damages for breach of contract and obtained well over 70 injunction orders and undertakings to the court, to enforce restrictive covenants in franchise agreements.
When franchisees have tried to get out of an agreement, we are able to bring commercial and legal expertise to ensure compliance with franchise agreement terms. This can involve closing down a competitive or similar business run by the former franchisee, securing confidential information and customer databases, recovering materials, equipment and software, diverting telephone numbers and shutting down the former franchisee’s social media presence. Our range of services also includes recovering compensation for loss of franchise fees and other revenue streams.
Defending claims for misrepresentation
It is not unusual for a franchisee to retaliate by alleging misrepresentation. We have defended hundreds of such claims including those brought in court proceedings and have acquired a bank of knowledge and commercial tactics to help franchisors defend those claims.
Legal advice on drafting of marketing material
We are also able to assist franchisors to take pre-emptive action by giving input into a brochure, prospectus or financial projections that a franchisor may use as part of its sales process.
Our experience includes representing franchisors at numerous mediations and in without prejudice meetings to secure confidential settlements.
Successful Representation – Dream Doors vs Martin Lodge
In 2012 we successfully represented Dream Doors Limited in the Court of Appeal in relation to the test for interim injunctions to prevent a former franchisee from competing.
Articles about disputes for franchisors
We have written a few articles about dispute-related topics that might be of interest to a franchisor You can read the full articles on our blog here:
- Disputes between franchisor and franchisee
- A franchisor’s guide to dealing with troublesome franchisees
- Mediation, a guide for franchisors
While these articles do not replace legal advice they will highlight the areas a potential franchisee should be aware of and the subjects they should seek advice on.
“ Straightforward, timely and honest advice ” Oven Wizards Franchising Limited
- Our General Franchise Department, headed up by Jane Masih, alongside Andrew Hayward, offers a range of franchise legal services. Please visit the Franchise page for more information.
- If you require advice, as a franchisor ,about a legal dispute in your franchise network, please contact Russell Ford on: Russell Ford, Owen White Solicitors Senate House 62 – 70 Bath Road Slough Berkshire SL1 3SR
- Tel: +44 1753 876800 Email: mailto:Russell.Ford@owenwhite.com
- Website: www.owenwhite.com
- We also offer legal advice to franchisees and Franchisee Action Groups.
Our Dispute Resolution Solicitors
For further information about our disputes and litigation work or to discuss a particular situation in confidence, please contact Richard Keen or Russell Ford.