Bird & Bird is a full service law firm with offices in London, Europe, the Middle East, SE Asia and the Far East. Bird & Bird has a globally recognised dedicated franchise team which focuses on supporting and advising franchisors predominantly in the food & beverage, hotel, leisure, retail, education, healthcare, tuition and services sectors.
The specialist franchise dispute resolution team helps franchisors to avoid and minimise the risk of disputes as well as handling domestic and international litigation and arbitration.
Complementary legal services include trade mark management and protection, commercial property, data protection & privacy, corporate investment and exit strategies, employment & HR services, competition law, transfer pricing & tax planning and promotions, advertising and marketing.
Bird & Bird’s UK and international franchise services include:
Advice regarding structuring of the franchise business
Drafting the core franchise and ancillary documentation
Trademark protection and management
Franchise roll out programs and documentation management
Exit strategy planning and corporate investment
In-house counsel support
Dispute avoidance and resolution
Representing or defending franchisee group actions
Social media, advertising, marketing and promotions advice
Data protection and privacy
Tax planning for franchise business shareholders
Employment & pensions
Trade sales, MBIs and MBOs
Legal opinions and expert witnesses