We are one of the leading franchise specialists in the UK with over 40 years’ experience of advising franchisors and franchisees. We are highly rated in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Guide 2020 for Franchising. We act for approaching 100 franchisor brands and we have been Affiliate Members of the British Franchise Association since 1977.
We provide a complete franchise service in all aspects of franchising for both new and established franchisors and franchisees.
Our services for franchisors include: advising on the establishment of franchise networks including drafting and amending franchise agreements, overseeing and managing resales between outgoing franchisees and incoming franchisees on behalf of the franchisor, advice on enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants against former franchisees and advice on disputes with franchisees.
Our services for franchisees include: advising on buying and selling existing franchise businesses, advising on the sale and purchase of multi-unit franchises, franchise agreement reviews, advising on termination of franchise agreements including advice on misrepresentation issues, claims for damages for breach of contract and negligent advice by franchisors.
We also act for franchisee action groups most recently representing Cash Generator franchisees in their buy-out of the business and brand.
“The energie Group have worked with the team at Owen White for many years, both on assignments here in the UK and overseas. We have always found the team at Owen White to be very responsive to our needs, providing solid, practical advice in a range of often quite complex legal cases. In effect they form a valuable extension to our own senior team. I would confidently recommend them without reserve. ” The energie Group
“Russell Ford and his team at Owen White provided an excellent service. Sound legal advice was given throughout upon which appropriate decisions could be made. Response times were always good and pre-trial preparation extremely thorough. The court work of the legal team was of the highest standard. I would highly recommend Russell Ford and Owen White who provided a skilled and professional service and who were supportive always during the challenges of the litigation.” Gary and Wendy Hay (2017 High Court claim against their company in a franchise dispute)