Franchise System Development

Are you a budding Franchisor considering a franchising?


At Greyson Legal | Franchise Lawyers, we utilise a 4-stage process as part of the franchise system development. 

If you are an existing business owner looking to use franchising to expand your business; or you are a start-up with a unique concept

- Greyson Legal | Franchise Lawyers can assist you.

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Part 1 - Preliminary Investigative & Information Phase

During this phase we:

  • Obtain an understanding of your business or concept

  • Determine your current business structure

  • Assess your existing intellectual property and advise on strategies to protect and grant rights of use with respect to that intellectual property

  • Discuss your franchising strategy

  • Help you to understand key elements of:

    • the Franchise Agreement

    • Disclosure Document

    • other ancillary franchise documentation

    • the application of the Franchising Code of Conduct (“Code”)

    • the franchising process.

Part 2 - Preparing “Initial” Master Set of Franchise documents

During this phase we prepare a range of initial documents used in the preliminary stages of Franchise system setup, such as:

  • Initial Expression of Interest Form and/or Franchisee Application Form

  • Deposit Acknowledgement Form

  • Confidentiality Agreement

  • Application Process - Step-by-Step Guide - (for Franchisor internal use)

  • Information Statement (required under Code)

  • Disclosure Questionnaire (for completion by Franchisor) to assist with Franchise Agreement and Disclosure Document preparation

  • General advice and assistance regarding the preliminary documentation and relevant issues

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Part 3 - Preparing “Master" set of Franchise documentation

This phase includes:


  • Drafting the Franchise Agreement

  • Drafting the Disclosure Document

  • Drafting the ancillary franchise statements (numerous) required under the Code

  • Liaising & consulting with you as appropriate in order to prepare the above documents

  • Compiling, scanning, printing, copying the Master franchise documentation pack as required

  • Carrying out searches as required, eg. company searches

  • Providing general advice to you regarding Franchising and the application of the Code.

Part 4 - Ancillary Phase

This phase of work will vary (as per client requirements) but may include one or more of the following:


  • Reviewing and/or preparing your internal Operations/Procedures Manuals ;

  • Providing specific advice regarding your rights and obligations under the Franchising Code of Conduct or at law;

  • Carrying out research related to your specific requirements;

  • Carrying out other IP or related commercial legal work (as needed);

  • Keeping the client advised of changes (if any) in the Code or at law and how that will impact on the client and the franchisees’ rights and obligations.

  • Assisting and advising you with respect to dispute resolution with franchisees (should that arise), in particular complying with the processes under the Code;

  • Drafting future changes to the “Master” franchise set of documents as may be required by you or due to later changes in the Code or at law;

  • Providing other legal services you may require from time to time, including but not limited to:

  • general commercial legal work;

drafting other agreements and documents.

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