Summary

​With the rapid growth of franchising and distribution over the last few decades as a means to sell products and services to the public, its importance to the economy has flourished and unique legal issues have arisen. Our Franchise Licensing and Distribution Group understands the legal and business issues that those in the franchise industry encounter on a daily basis. Our Group has vast experience in all areas relevant to those in franchising and distribution, including preparation of disclosure documents, franchise and distribution agreements, and compliance with provincial and federal laws particular to franchising and distribution as well as litigation and dispute resolution.

BLG recognizes that franchising and distribution face different legal issues from other forms of business. Therefore, our professionals employ a range of specific legal services to address any issue that may arise in relation to franchising and distribution. These services are further supported through collaborative efforts with the Firm’s other practice areas such as intellectual property, competition, real estate and labour and employment.

Our extensive experience has positioned BLG as a leader in this industry. In this role, we are able to provide support to international and national franchise and distribution clients from every sector of the industry. Regardless of the complexity of your needs, our Group is committed to delivering exceptional service to every client.

Publications

  • "What Legal Issues do I Need to Consider When Creating or Revising my Franchise Information Package?" The Franchise Voice.
  • "Operations Manuals – Are They Important?" betheboss.ca.
  • "What's a Good Franchise?" betheboss.ca.
  • "Understanding the Cost of Buying a Franchise," betheboss.ca.
  • "Research to do Before Purchasing a Franchise," betheboss.ca.
  • "The Unintended Franchise – Be Wary of Franchise Laws in Canada," Business in Vancouver.
  • "What is the Competition Act?" Franchise Canada.
  • "How to Sell a Franchise," globeandmail.com.
  • "Franchise Law," globeandmail.com.
  • "Entering into Good Faith Franchising," globeandmail.com.
  • "Reaching Beyond Borders," globeandmail.com.
  • "Insuring Your Franchise," globeandmail.com.
  • "Multi-Unit Franchising," globeandmail.com.
  • "Training: The Hidden Benefit of Franchising," globeandmail.com.
  • "Enforceable Guarantees," Western Investor.
  • "Ending the Franchise Relationship," globeandmail.com.
  • "Becoming Your Own Boss – Understanding the Cost of Buying a Franchise," globeandmail.com.
  • "Want Your Business to Grow? Advertise it," globeandmail.com.
  • "Conquering the Giant: Succeeding in the United States," Canadian Business Franchisor.
  • "Building a Franchise Agreement: How to Make a Successful Plan," Canadian Business Franchise Directory.
  • "Customer Confidence Comes from Product Consistency," globeandmail.com.
  • "Build Your Franchise on a Solid Foundation," globeandmail.com.
  • "Become a Franchise," globeandmail.com.
  • "The Case for Mandatory Disclosure in Franchising," globeandmail.com.
  • "Franchising Can Set the Table for Your Small Business Success," globeandmail.com.
  • "The Key to a Successful Franchise? Location, Location, Location," globeandmail.com.
  • "What's in a Name? The Success of Your Franchise for Starters," globeandmail.com.
  • "Read This Before You Sign," globeandmail.com.
  • "Territorial Protection," globeandmail.com.
  • "Franchisee Associations," globeandmail.com.

Rankings & Recognitions

The Franchise Licensing and Distribution Law Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2017 edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2017 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2016 edition of The Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.
  • The 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada.
  • The 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers.
  • A member of the group was awarded the Canadian Franchise Association's Vince Nichols Award in 2012.
  • A member of the group was awarded the Canadian Franchise Association's Franchise Support Services Recognition Award in 2006.

Representative Work

  • Advised clients about matters impacting franchisees as a result of changes to franchise legislation in Alberta, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
  • Appeared before all levels of Court on franchise matters including the enforcement of non-competition covenants contained in franchise and distribution agreements.
  • Assisted in the negotiation of terminations of franchise and distribution agreements.
  • Obtained injunctions for clients enforcing the terms of franchise and distribution agreements.
  • Recovered monies due under franchise and distribution agreements including the policing and enforcement of trademark rights.