WJM’s Franchising team has a diverse mix of accredited experts with decades of experience in the industry. We help advise if franchising is a good fit for you.

Many people dream of starting their own business from scratch, but are concerned about the risks involved with that. For some, though, getting their business started had a large element of risk removed. Those people didn't have any great business secret - they simply bought a franchise.

Many businesses dream of expanding but don’t have the capital, resources or the people within their own organisation. For them, franchising can be a great way of achieving the potential for growth for their business.

Franchises are not for everyone and the creation of a good franchise relationship is a two way process. Not only do prospective franchisees need to fit the ethos of the franchise they are buying, but franchisors also want to ensure that their brand name and network are protected by suitable franchisees.

WJM's team “clearly knows its way around the industry”

We are ranked by Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession as “number one in Scotland” because of our expertise in advising franchisors and franchisees.

 Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Wright, Johnston & Mackenyie LLP Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Angus McLeod Ranked In Chambers UK 2014 - Martin O'Neill

The experience of our specialist team includes:

  • franchise business development
  • franchise agreements
  • area development and master franchises
  • resolution of franchise disputes
  • sales and acquisitions of franchise businesses
  • confidentiality agreements
  • pre-purchase agreements
  • due diligence for both franchisors and franchisees.

We act for franchising clients (both franchisees and franchisors) across the UK and beyond.

Why WJM?

We were one of the first legal firms in Scotland to become affiliated to the British Franchise Association as professional franchising advisor.

We have many years of experience in franchising, and our lawyers are straightforward, straight-talking advisors.

Our Franchising team has recently acted in franchising deals featuring (amongst others) Auditel, Autoshine, Bathstore, Carewatch, Century 21, The Ceramic Experience, Curves, Dominos, Downland Marketing, Driveway Doctor, DRM Driver Training, Energie Fitness, Gymboree Play and Music, The Ink Shop, Jani King, Mail Boxes Etc, Minuteman Press, O2, Pizza Hut, Platinum Limo, Pirtek,, Puccino’s, RE/MAX, Signs Express, Subway, Swisher, The Alternative Board, and Toni & Guy - to name but a few!

Download more information on Franchising:

Franchising - What you need to know

WJM Franchising Services - a brief description of our services
Franchising - The Legal Considerations
Franchising - The Property Aspects
Your Franchise - Protecting Your Asset

Key Questions

Key Questions to ask a Franchisor
Franchisees - Key questions to ask yourself
Franchisors - Key Questions to ask yourself before franchising your business

Briefing Notes

Briefing Note - Franchising & Scots Law
Briefing Note - Employing in your Franchise
Briefing Note - Franchise Disputes