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Wondering how to choose the right franchise for you? Getting the right advice from the right people can set you on the path to success
When you're buying or setting up a franchise, it's important to get accurate and useful advice.
April 2010 - Last year’s judgement by the Court of Appeal that upheld the effectiveness of notices to franchise buyers that they should get their own specialist advice has been reinforced in another case.
Franchise lawyer David Foster explains what to expect in a franchise agreement and what it means for your future.
Reputable franchisors never use high-pressure sales tactics, but some companies do. Rory MacDonald suggests some of the tricks to look out for and why you should never be hurried into making a decision.
These days, you wouldn’t dare buy a house without a pre-purchase inspection – so don’t do it with a franchise, either. Don’t let the jargon put you off
16 October 2009 - The Commerce Commission has welcomed the conviction and sentencing today of Stewart John Brown and Robert Llewelyn Parr
When you buy a franchise, you will have to sign a legal contract called a Franchise Agreement. Does it contain any nasty surprises?
6 March 2009 - The Court of Appeal has delivered an extremely important judgement for the franchise sector in respect of a long-running case involving James Home Services
July 2009 - One of the topics covered at the 2009 Franchise Law Reform Symposium in Auckland was the possible introduction of the concepts of 'good faith' and 'unconscionable conduct' into New Zealand law. Here, Stewart Germann expands upon the commentary he gave at the seminar.
July 2009 - There will be no speedy resolution for those affected by the alleged Green Acres fraud
Many of the articles on this website talk about the importance of consulting ‘specialists', ‘good' advisors and ‘experts' before buying a franchise - but how do you ensure that your chosen advisors fit into this category? Here are seven handy hints.
If you think you have a justified complaint about a franchise, what should you do? Here's our guide to making a complaint under the Franchise Association's Code of Practice.
Stewart Germann draws some lessons from experience for those importing and exporting franchise brands
Some people won’t take advice when they need it - and won't take advice after they've got themselves into trouble, either
Knowing what is and isn't your territory helps new franchisees avoid problems, say Stewart Germann and Clive Neifeld
December 2009 - What are the lessons for potential franchise buyers from the successful prosecution of two men for misrepresentation in selling franchises? We’ve spoken to one of the victims and learned more about how the men lied – including pretending to be a successful franchisee. We also look at the most common type of complaints about franchises made to the Commerce Commission.
What importance should you place on a work or income guarantee?
Franchises don’t last forever: Stewart Germann looks at some of the issues franchisees need to understand
A series of mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs has resulted in established systems changing hands, changing names or even closing down.
A good disclosure document is a great help when buying a franchise. What should it tell you?
At the very heart of any franchise relationship is a lengthy legal document - the franchise agreement. But what should you expect to find in one, and what does it actually mean? Miles Agmen-Smith provides a guide.
Entering into business with someone you’ve only just met should involve careful research, says Sally Knight
There's no excuse for cutting corners when buying a franchise
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