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Franchising Update 2022

Franchising Update 2022
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26 April - Please note In Short: Franchising Update has been rescheduled to 10 May. Existing registrants please check your emails. New registrations are welcome.

Franchising is a complex and specialised area to advise on. This seminar will provide an introduction and update on the fundamentals, pitfalls and unique issues of franchising including:

  • Introduction to the business format franchise model as concept and structure
  • Advising prospective franchisees undertaking due diligence on the key risks, options of signing a franchise agreement and the long term implications of becoming a franchisee
  • Advising clients on the process and issues when buying or selling existing franchise businesses
  • Advising on dealing with the complex area of franchise agreement enforcement, termination and early exit from the perspective of both franchisor and franchisee
  • Update on restraint of trade clauses in franchising.
This seminar will include
  • Discussions on how important it is for franchisees and potential franchisees to provide clients with effective and timely advice because the consequences of a franchise dispute or failure can significantly outweigh the cost and advantages of entering the franchise in the first place
  • Practical tips to understand, interpret and advise in a meaningful way when faced with a 50+ page franchise agreement
  • How to quickly identify options and understand the process when a client has been issued with a breach, termination notice, or is threatened with injunction proceedings
  • An up-to-date knowledge and awareness of common issues and pitfalls in franchising; and how to identify what is important and relevant when advising clients at any stage of a franchise life cycle.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will:

  • Be able to more confidently advise clients contemplating starting or purchasing a franchise business.
  • Know what to look for and identify the risks and options for a potential franchisee when reviewing a Franchise Agreement and how to usefully summarise and present your advice.
  • Have an up-to-date knowledge of how the courts may deal with franchise disputes, breaches and restraints.
  • Understand how to secure the best deal for a franchisee client who wants to exit their franchise and understand the “how not to” methods of resolving franchise disputes.

Who should attend

All civil litigation, company/commercial and general practice lawyers wanting to gain an entry-level understanding or refresher on franchise issues arising out of owning, selling and enforcing a franchise agreement.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $145 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $195 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the Multiple Registration button below or Click here
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Please note date below differs from that originally advertised

Live Web Stream 10 May


PILCHER Sarah 2022 Sarah Pilcher
Principal, The Franchise Lawyer, Auckland

Sarah is a sole practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working with businesses and entrepreneurial business owners. She has an MComLaw (Hons) and DipBus (PostGrad) and has completed a number of Institute of Directors courses as a recent member. Sarah deals with all aspects of owning and operating businesses for her clients, with a particular focus on franchise work. She has a mix of long term private clients and part-time/project-based in-house roles and has worked outside the law in HR, as a franchise consultant and as a shareholder in a commercial property business. Working in and owning businesses has given Sarah a genuine understanding of the issues owners, directors and managers have to deal with.

WATSON Deirdre 2022 Deirdre Watson
Barrister, Auckland

Deirdre has practised as a Barrister since 1993, and is a specialist in franchise disputes. She holds an LLM (Hons), is a regularly sought-after presenter to NZLS CLE, ADLS, the University of Auckland and other groups on legal issues relating to franchising, writes regularly on franchise issues, and was a Board Member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand for six years, including two years as Vice Chair. Deirdre has acted for numerous franchisors and franchisees on franchise matters and in particular disputes concerning enforcement of franchise agreements. 

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations and cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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