Paris Smith LLP

Company Overview

Paris Smith is one of the largest independent regional firms of solicitors in Central Southern England, based in landmark offices in Southampton with 30 partners and employing over 125 staff.  We provide local, national and international clients with services across a wide range of practice areas and sectors including; franchising, intellectual property, corporate and commercial, property, employment, family, tax, trusts and wills, dispute resolution, banking and insolvency.

Franchise Overview

Paris Smith has a wealth of experience and expertise in providing legal advice to the franchising community and has a good reputation for doing so. The franchise specific services we provide include: Advising prospective franchisees on the terms of their franchise agreements and assisting with franchise renewals. We can offer this on a competitive, fixed fee basis and with a quick turnaround; Assisting franchisees with negotiations with their franchisor; Drafting and reviewing franchise agreements, deposit agreements and confidentiality agreements for franchisors; Constitutional advice regarding a franchisee company's articles of association and any shareholders agreement or share option agreement, particularly where the franchise is to be operated as a joint venture; Intellectual property strategy and brand protection advice; Franchise re-sales - either by way of a share or asset sale/purchase; Franchise dispute resolution; Property law work (notably taking a lease of premises to operate the franchise business from); Employment law work (notably advising on service contracts and restrictive covenants) associated with franchising; and Insolvency advice when a franchise fails or is failing.

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