The Franchisor's Handbook : Your Duties, Responsibilities and Liabilities
Overview - This book is designed to be a practical guide for all those who have already set up a franchise business (although they may wish to skip the first two chapters) and for those who intend to do so. It is not a legal text book and so does not set out in a complete or authoritative way the law that applies to franchising. Read more...
More About The Franchisor's Handbook by John H. Pratt
This book is designed to be a practical guide for all those who have already set up a franchise business (although they may wish to skip the first two chapters) and for those who intend to do so. It is not a legal text book and so does not set out in a complete or authoritative way the law that applies to franchising. Instead its purpose is to be an accessible source of advice and best practice for those who have decided that franchising is the way forward for them and their business. I have used my experience over more than 25 years of franchising to deal with those issues which arise in practice and which are likely to give the greatest concern to franchisors or which, in my opinion, are the most misunderstood. Some of the statements contained in this book will come as no surprise to experienced franchisors, but inevitably in some areas there is a difference of opinion as to the correct way for franchisors to act. This publication will come down firmly in favour of a particular approach – simply because "on the one hand and on the other hand" is potentially the least helpful for busy franchisors who need firm guidance as to how to proceed. As a result I may well be likened to the lawyer in the John Grisham novel who he described as, "often wrong but never in doubt"! This second edition has been prepared during the worst economic downturn for over seventy years, yet the strong anecdotal evidence is that franchising is holding up very well with few franchisors and franchisees going out of business. About the AuthorJohn Pratt is the UK's leading franchise lawyer. He studied law at Oxford University and completed a doctorate course in Comparative Law at the Université d'Aix Marseille. Hamilton Pratt, a firm that he founded, is the largest specialist franchise law firm in Europe and represents approximately 35% of the full members of the British Franchise Association. He was the Legal Advisor to the bfa and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of the European Franchise Federation's Legal Committee.He has written "Franchising: Law & Practice", the "bible" on the legal aspects of franchising as well as having contributed to a large number of other publications.He was Chair of the International Bar Association's "International Franchise Committee" having previously been President of the Union Internationale des Avocats Franchise Committee. He has also been Director of the American Bar Association's International Franchising Division. He has lectured on franchising in France, the Czech Republic, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, USA, Mexico, Australia and South Africa.He has had a successful career outside the law. He was the Honorary French Consul in Birmingham, President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of The British Chambers of Commerce. He is currently the senior independent director of the NEC – the UK's largest exhibition company – as well as a number of private companies.
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