Fraser Brown Solicitors


Fraser Brown has a dedicated team of specialist franchise legal advisors with a vast array of experience operating across various sectors.

We are proud to work with a number of leading brands from the franchise sector and have an extensive number of connections with industry experts such as banks, development consultants and trade bodies.

Our franchise team are supported by experts in licensing, property and litigation.

How we help Franchisors

 Franchising your business
Advising start-up and incoming Franchisors on the legalities of operating franchises in the UK. These include pilot, unit, kiosk and master franchise contracts, management franchises, associated lease, licence, HR issues, trademark registration and disclosure documents.

Sales and acquisitions
Advising Franchisors on the disposal and acquisition of franchise portfolios.

Exit planning.

Operating franchise networks
Advising existing Franchisors on franchise portfolio management, including: franchise roll-out, franchise renewals, property portfolio maintenance, HR and employment support, data protection compliance and franchise re-sales.

International expansion
Advising established Franchisors on international expansion, including: registration of international trademarks, master, area development and sub-franchise agreements, disclosure documents and registration, plus associated hybrid franchise arrangements e.g. joint ventures, managed franchises.

Finance/ Funding
Advising Franchisors on raising equity finance, including crowd funding.

How we help Franchisees

 Operating multiple sites
Advising multi-unit Franchisees on the legalities of acquiring and operating franchises including: contracts, leases, licences, data protection compliance, disputes, HR and debt recovery.

Advising multi-unit Franchisees on corporate structure, ring fencing, shareholder agreements and share option schemes.

Sales and acquisitions
Advising multi-unit Franchisees on the sale and acquisitions of existing franchise portfolios – whether structured as share or asset sales or Franchise managed buy-outs.

Exit planning.

Finance/ Funding

Advising Franchisees on raising debt finance, including crowd funding, enterprise investment guarantee schemes and alternative start-up funding.
Panel advice for Franchisees on the acquisition of franchises, including: contracts, leases, licenses and associated HR issues.


Fiona Boswell

T: +44 115 9888 741

M: 07824 621134