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Goodwin Turner Commercial Lawyers

Goodwin Turner Commercial Lawyers aims to provide a modern, friendly, client-focused and efficient approach to your legal business requirements, with a genuine focus on adding value to your business.

Who are we?

Goodwin Turner has a different approach to other law firms. We offer more than just legal expertise. We judge our success by the relationships we build with our clients, and we look for opportunities to add value.

We also understand that clients want to know that their lawyer is delivering the right results to them, and what those services will cost.

We specialise in franchising and as such, are recognised experts in franchising law. Our legal analysis is of the same quality as a large commercial law firm, while our level of personal attention, relationship-building and our pro-active approach is on par with boutique practices.

Goodwin Turner has won Global Law Experts Franchising awards every year from 2014-2021.

Scott Goodwin has also been awarded a place in Who’s Who Legal every year from 2017-2021 in recognition of his outstanding work in franchising.

What do we do?

We can help you if you want to purchase a franchised business, have an existing franchise or want to expand.

Goodwin Turner provides domestic and international franchisors with the best advice and a “can do” attitude to unlock the potential of their franchise systems.

As part of your team, we will take a pro-active approach, including ensuring that you are kept up to date. We will know your business inside and out, identify issues before they arise and take action when needed.

We will introduce you to other clients and industry players if we can see it will add value.

Goodwin Turner applies a collaborative team approach, as we are all highly experienced in franchising matters. Any one of us will have the knowledge of your business to act without delay.

Every franchise system has different requirements, and we tailor our solutions to your franchise’s specific operating requirements.

Who leads our team?

Scott Goodwin

Scott is a commercial lawyer with a passion for franchising and intellectual property. He advises a wide range of businesses on all aspects of franchising, with a particular focus on creating “bankable” franchise arrangements.

Scott is part of a network made up of key industry service providers, bankers and the Franchise Association of New Zealand. He is therefore able to add value far beyond the provision of legal services.

He can protect all aspects of a clients’ intellectual property relevant to the franchise system and provide strategies to protect trademarks, logos and brands to clients in New Zealand and Australia.

He has experience in completing due diligence on the acquisition of a “going concern” master franchise, negotiating master franchise agreements and other documents relating to international franchise opportunities, and advising on the acquisition of master franchise opportunities to export a New Zealand-based system overseas.

Paul Turner

Paul’s practice includes advising on business and share sales and purchases, commercial leasing, corporate structuring, commercial property transactions, and negotiating and preparing a wide range of commercial agreements.

Paul has worked in New Zealand and overseas, including in-house legal counsel roles in the United Kingdom for Barclays Bank and the New York Stock Exchange Euronext stock exchange group. This breadth of experience means he is able to give practical and commercially focused legal advice across a range of areas.

Paul has experience in multi-million dollar bank refinancing transactions involving multiple entities and properties. He has also advised leading financial institutions on drafting their standard contract for purchasing emissions units, and hospitality groups on their liquor licensing and leasing affairs.

Testimonials from clients

SKIDS "The team at Goodwin Turner have been instrumental in helping us with our international expansion".

Driving Miss Daisy "Good quality franchising businesses require high quality professionals working in the background with them. Goodwin Turner have been a pleasure to work with as our business continues to grow and we look towards our international expansion. Their broad knowledge and high level of expertise give us confidence moving forward and we appreciate their friendly, efficient and accurate response to our on-going legal requirements!" Jack Harper (MD)

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