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Franchising, Retail & Distribution, our team boasts extensive experience and a deep understanding of the intricacies within this industry. We are dedicated to ensuring that your franchising, retail, and distribution agreements are not just legally robust but also strategically designed to safeguard your business interests. With unwavering commitment, we provide meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of this field, serving as your reliable legal advisors.

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Adriana Care
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We help our clients take the leap into franchising

The Coutts team is well-placed to help you take the leap into franchising. We can assist you in embracing franchising opportunities and overcoming the challenges presented by this sector. Not only do we assist franchisors and franchisees, but we advise those who are involved in the manufacturing, selling and financing of produce.

Our lawyers understand the complex legislation and regulations that apply to franchisors and franchisees and can streamline the legal process involved.

At Coutts, we take the time to understand your business and commercial objectives to provide you with the best advice in the franchise development process.

Coutts can advise you on the following:

  • Preparation of franchise agreements, disclosure documentation and ancillary documentation

Coutts ensures that all franchise documents are prepared, compliant with regulatory requirements, and tailored to protect the interests of our clients for the long term.

  • Buying, selling, setting up, running and winding down businesses

With a holistic approach, Coutts supports businesses throughout their entire lifecycle, ensuring seamless transitions at every stage and optimising business value.

  • Intellectual property rights

Beyond safeguarding your intellectual assets, Coutts offers strategic insights into enhancing your brand’s presence and value, facilitating robust intellectual property management and defence.

  • Employment law advice

Coutts goes beyond standard employment advisory, ensuring that businesses not only comply with legal requirements but also cultivate a harmonious workplace environment, fostering growth and productivity in accordance with the application legislation and National Employment Standards.

  • Equipment and asset transactions

Coutts navigates the complexities of asset transactions, ensuring both financial prudence and legal compliance while maximising the value of each deal for our clients.

  • Property transactions and leasing

Coutts offers expert guidance, ensuring each property transaction aligns with your long-term business goals.

  • Negotiating contracts and providing advice

Coutts’s expertise ensures that third-party agreements are not just legally sound but also structured to best serve the operational and strategic needs of our clients.

  • Managing contractual disputes

Coutts champions the interests of its clients, leveraging a diverse toolkit of negotiation, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution strategies to achieve optimal outcomes.

  • Providing advice in relation to marketing and distribution practices

Staying updated on evolving market trends, Coutts guides businesses to ensure their marketing and distribution methods are both innovative and compliant, particularly in light of the stipulations of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

What to Expect with Coutts Lawyers

Step 1: Initial Contact

Reach out to Coutts Lawyers via our website, phone, or in person. Briefly describe your matter.

Step 2: Consultation Appointment

Schedule and attend a meeting with a Coutts lawyer / Conveyancer to discuss the specifics of your matter and desired outcomes.

Step 3: Information & Legal Advice

Share all related documents and information. Your lawyer / Conveyancer will review everything, clarify aspects as needed, and then advise on the best action course.

Step 4: Action Plan Development

Based on the advice, an appropriate action plan will be formulated. This may involve communication, documentation processes, or further legal steps.

Step 5: Implementation

Execute the action plan, addressing a range of legal scenarios as necessary.

Step 6: Resolution & Closure

Navigate towards a resolution, with the path determined by the nature of the matter. Your Lawyer / Conveyancer will outline any final actions or considerations.

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Introducing Adriana

Your Compassionate Lawyer

Meet Adriana, The Managing Partner at Coutts Lawyers & Conveyancers, and the head of our esteemed Property and Commercial Law teams. With over twenty years of expertise, Adriana’s profound experience has fostered unwavering trust among her clients and solidified her esteemed standing within the Macarthur community. Her stature as an authority in Property and Commercial law is well-established.

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Franchising, Retail & Distribution FAQ’s

Franchising in Australia is a business arrangement in which a franchisor grants a franchisee the right to operate under their established brand and business model. The franchisee pays fees or royalties to the franchisor in exchange for support and access to the brand and products.

Franchisors and franchisees in Australia are subject to the Franchising Code of Conduct, a regulatory framework that sets out specific obligations, including disclosure requirements, dispute resolution mechanisms, and the provision of key information to franchisees.

When entering into a franchise agreement in Australia, it’s crucial to carefully review the terms of the agreement, including fees, territorial rights, support, and termination clauses. Seek legal advice and conduct thorough due diligence before committing to a franchise.

Retailers and distributors in Australia may have rights and protections under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). They should ensure compliance with distribution agreements by understanding their obligations and negotiating terms that align with their business goals.

Legal remedies for disputes may include mediation, arbitration, court proceedings, and compensation. The Franchising Code of Conduct and other relevant laws provide mechanisms for dispute resolution and enforcement of rights.

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