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COVID-19 and franchisors

• 16 April 2020 • 0 min read
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Franchisors are faced with the duel pressures of managing their own businesses, which are in part dependent on the success of their network of franchisees.

A franchisor’s ability to support its network through the immediate effects of retail closures, travel restrictions and physical distancing, and plan for their emergence post-COVID-19, are critical to survival and success. The Consumer Markets & Franchising team is here to help – we are working closely with experts throughout the firm to assist our clients to navigate issues such as negotiations with landlords, workforce management, debt restructuring and franchisee management – all with an eye to success in the post COVID-19 world.


Partner Cath Debreceny and Stella Wild discuss the commercial leasing code of conduct and the recent changes to legislation to enshrine the Code.

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