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Business, taken personally.


Franchisee or Franchisor, we have the legal advice for you.

We can provide practical, commercially-focused and cost-effective advice on all aspects of franchising and business expansion.

At Endeavour we like to think of ourselves as an extension of your business, offering practical, tailor-made advice on the creation, acquisition or disposal of franchised businesses, whether you are a franchisor or franchisee, considering franchising for the first time or a ‘serial franchisor’ with a national or international portfolio.

Supported by our unparalleled banking and finance specialists, we also act for financial institutions and investors, whether they are financing the ‘first steps’ into the franchise sector or funding multi-million-pound acquisitions, or taking direct equity investment into a franchise business.

We regularly advise businesses operating in a number of different sectors, including the food and drink, retail, hotel and leisure and automotive sectors. Our vast experience and commercial approach enable us to not only share our experience with our clients but provide industry-specific advice and guidance, for the benefit of you and your business.

Some examples of the types of franchises we have acted in relation to include:

As preeminent experts in the franchising industry, we possess the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to advise not only on the benefits (and drawbacks) of franchising but also on alternative avenues for expansion that might be appropriate in the circumstances, such as agency and licensing agreements.

Services within this sector

Acquisition and disposal of franchised businesses

Acting for you in the acquisition or disposal of franchised businesses; advising on suitable business and transaction structures; drafting heads of terms, purchase agreements and ancillary documents; assisting with due-diligence exercises; providing bespoke, tailor-made advice relevant to your specific transaction and sector.

Commercial contracts

Reviewing, drafting, and negotiating the franchise agreement – the key document that will govern the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee; providing an easy to understand interpretation of the franchise agreement, which is often lengthy, complex and weighted in the favour of the franchisor; drafting and advising on ancillary documentation, such as distribution agreements, confidentiality agreements, trade mark licences and banking documentation.

Banking and finance

Acting for franchisor, franchisee, institutional lender or private investors in all aspects and levels of funding and finance, from multi-million pound facilities to much smaller loans and investments.

Premises and real estate

Advising in relation to the acquisition, negotiation and disposal of property and leases in relation to franchised businesses, including any property management issues, sub-letting, assignments and transfers.

Intellectual property

Helping our clients to create, protect and/or exploit their intellectual property and brands, including defending them if they are accused of being breach of someone else’s intellectual property; advising on trade mark licenses in relation to franchised businesses and the use of licensed intellectual property.


Providing a ‘full service’ employment law offering including: a telephone response help-line; reviewing and up-dating standard employment contracts, policies and procedures; advising in relation to grievance and disciplinary issues; dealings with unions; advising in relation to decisions to take sanctions or dismiss; and providing representation at employment tribunals and appeal hearings

Dispute resolution

Dealing with all types of disputes that franchised businesses are likely to face including simple debt enforcement actions, intellectual property claims or other commercial disputes including those which are of high value and/or complex, whether you are franchisor or franchisee.

Company secretarial services

Providing a full range of company secretarial services including on incorporation, on-going compliance service and bespoke company law advice.