Many of the world’s most successful businesses are franchise operations. The US leads the pack when it comes to franchising. Adopting the model for fast-food restaurants, food inns and motels in the 1930’s, it quickly became one of the most successful business models in the leisure sector, generating $billions and employing millions.

Franchising took off in the 1950’s and 60’s in the UK, along with the post war baby boom and huge social change. Once again, catering companies led the way. Despite a drop in interest in the 70s, Franchising is flourishing with over 1000 brands operating across a wide range of sectors, allowing many to use third party capital and resources to expand.

As a law firm, Geldards is proud to be one of a select number of professional advisers who specialise in helping those who are looking to set up a new franchise business or become a franchisee.

Our specialist team has many years’ experience in helping businesses of varying size across a wide range of sectors, whether you're just beginning your journey or are looking to roll a concept out internationally.

There are many practical issues to consider, contractual obligations to tie down and often Intellectual Property to protect. Our franchise experts will work with you to develop the most effective, commercially viable solution for your particular situation. Using lawyers with specialist knowledge means that, whatever issues you face – with suppliers, partners or funders - we can help.

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