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The Field Fisher Waterhouse franchise team is consistently ranked by the independent legal directories as the number one franchise solicitors practice in the UK, Europe and globally. 

Understanding our clients' businesses is key to our approach.  We have extensive in-depth experience of advising businesses across a range of industry sectors including retail & fashion, food & beverage, hospitality and leisure, financial institutions, education and healthcare.

Franchising Internationally

Due to the team's extensive experience of international franchising we enjoy a global reputation for assisting businesses to expand internationally via franchising.  For a summary of the services we provide to internationalising businesses, view our International Franchise Services page.

Franchising in the UK

For businesses or entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses via franchising in the UK we offer a range of services all of which are tailored to the individual business' needs and budget. View our UK Franchise Services page.

How to manage and avoid franchise disputes

Part of the strategic assistance we provide our clients with includes helping them to identify, reduce and manage risks both within their business and franchising.  Our dedicated franchise litigation team therefore assist and advise both UK and international franchisors, master franchisees and developers on dispute avoidance strategies as well as bringing and defending actions. View our Franchise disputes page.

How to grow your business

As franchising is just one of a number of possible ways to help businesses grow, we work with our clients to determine whether franchising is right for the business. View our How to Grow Your Business page. As part of our analysis we explore whether alternative relationships including agency, distribution, licensing, strategic alliances and hybrid structures are more commercially and culturally appropriate. View our Commercial Agreements page.

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Our franchise team comprises 25 full time specialists who are supported by colleagues in areas such as trade mark and brand protection, e-commerce, privacy and data protection, advertising and marketing, real estate, tax, anti-trust / competition, corporate and employment.

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