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Successful franchise expansion requires planning and knowledge of the market and legal system. Stephens Lawyers can get you there.

Stephens Lawyers represents leading Australian franchisors with operations in over 20 countries. The firm also works with internationally based franchisors operating in a diverse range of industries including entertainment, restaurants, hotels and other personal services, to technology and e-commerce.

Stephens Lawyers partner Katarina Klaric, has extensive experience in international franchising and is profiled in the Law Business Research Publication " An International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers".

The law regulating the franchise industry has undergone recent change in Australia. Without accurate advice and correct documentation, businesses risk contravention of the Code and the Competition and Consumer Act, and invalid agreements.

Franchising arrangements require careful scrutiny of intellectual property rights, effects on competition, consumer protection, risk and liability issues. Stephens Lawyers has extensive experience in the preparation of disclosure documentation and franchise agreements.

Disclosure documents and franchise agreements must comply with the Franchising Code of Conduct and the Competition and Consumer Act and State laws regulating business practices.

The firm also provides advice on the establishment of innovative franchising and distribution systems with sound legal foundations.

Successful expansion requires strategic planning combined with an understanding of the market and regulatory system. Stephens Lawyers have assisted franchisors with expansion of their operations into Australia and international markets.

Links to Publications

"Franchising in Australia" by Katarina Klaric

Are you aware of the ACCC's industry code audit powers? - October 2011

Australian Consumer Law Update: Consumer Guarantees & Warranties: Is Your Business Compliant? - September 2011

Australian Consumer Law Update: Do you "green wash"? Avoiding Green Marketing Legal Traps - March 2011

Franchising Update: Warranties to Consumers & the new Competition and Consumer Act - December 2010

Franchising reforms in force 1 July 2010: Franchisors face increased disclosure obligations - June 2010

Franchising Update: Franchising reforms expand franchisor disclosure obligations - March 2010

Click here for a full list of Stephens Lawyers' Franchising Publications

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