CMS is an international, full-service law firm, with over 4,500 lawyers in 71 offices across 40 countries. In the UK our franchise team, headed up by Joel Vertes, is based in London and Edinburgh, covering all aspects of franchising in the UK and internationally. CMS’s multi-jurisdictional franchise practice spans all of our service lines, including intellectual property, trademark & patent prosecution, corporate, real estate and tax. Our expertise lies in assisting both franchisors and franchisees across a wide range of industry sectors, including retail (including fashion), leisure (including F&B and hotels), technology & media and food and drink. We have significant experience in international franchising and licensing, both in exploiting British brands overseas and introducing foreign brands to the UK market.
CMS offers the full range of legal services in relation to franchising, from managing your initial set-up through to brand exploitation; and from sale or purchase of franchised business through to litigation. In particular, our expertise includes: Drafting and advising on franchising agreements, master franchise agreements and related documentation Franchise structuring advice Brand and know-how licensing and management Trade mark filing and prosecution, protection and portfolio management Patent filing and prosecution, protection and portfolio management Tax advice and structuring Transfer pricing advice Corporate restructuring Real estate advice and transactions Legal opinions and expert witnesses Franchise dispute resolution and litigation Management and operating agreements Competition, anti-trust and regulatory Employment and pensions Technology and media advice and deals.