Franchising disputes

 

BLM’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has experience in acting for both franchisees and franchisors in a variety of sectors.

The relationship between a franchisor and franchisee is often highly successful and lucrative for both parties, and frequently long standing. Where the relationship breaks down, it may threaten both that relationship and the wider network.

At BLM our specialist franchising team’s understanding of the franchise business model enables us to provide advice on the legal options available where a dispute arises, whilst understanding wider commercial concerns including the impact a dispute may have on the wider franchise network or protection of your brand. Our team understands a franchisor or franchisee often requires quick advice on the options available to prevent a problem escalating.

Our specialist franchising team’s sits within our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and has expertise in:

  • Advising on breaches of the franchise agreement
  • Advising on obligations under the franchise agreement
  • Protection of intellectual property rights and confidential information

From the outset and throughout your case, our team will develop a strategy around your objectives and with a clear understanding of your business model. Our team aims to provide clear, strategic and commercial advice to resolve cases swiftly and economically; and with minimal disruption to your business or the franchise network.

You may need to take urgent steps to protect your business, including an urgent injunction against a former franchisee operating in competition, or freezing order to prevent the dissipation of assets. Our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team is well placed to quickly advise on the options available.

Where litigation is unavoidable, our team is well placed to advise on funding options available, whether that be conditional fee agreements, third party funders or legal expenses insurance. We have relationships with a number of brokers and providers in the market, to offer a range of solutions to your funding requirements. Funding solutions may enable you to pursue a claim that would otherwise not be financially sustainable, or relieve pressure on cash flow.

Our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has considerable litigation expertise, including extensive trial experience. Our team will advise you on the processes involved in court proceedings and be with you every step of the way.

BLM’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team is based in our Manchester office. The team is comprised of three partners, assisted by a team of senior associates, associates and junior fee earners. Your case will be led by a partner, with the expertise and support of other lawyers to ensure work is carried out as economically as practicable.

Who to contact


Steve Kuncewicz

Steve Kuncewicz

Partner, Head of Creative, Digital & Marketing sector group,
London, Manchester




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Franchising disputes Team

Laura D'Arcy

Laura D'Arcy

Partner,
Manchester


Andy Herricks

Andy Herricks

Associate,
Manchester


Steve Kuncewicz

Steve Kuncewicz

Partner, Head of Creative, Digital & Marketing sector group,
London, Manchester


Daniel Varney

Daniel Varney

Partner,
Manchester


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Steve Kuncewicz

Steve Kuncewicz

Partner, Head of Creative, Digital & Marketing sector group,
London, Manchester