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
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