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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Winner of William Ah Ket Scholarship 2019 announced October 9, 2019

Wednesday 9 October 2019 A Victorian lawyer has been named this year’s winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship. Tienyi Long, a legal and governance officer at Glen Eira City Council in Melbourne, was awarded … Continued

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Final changes to the ASX Listing Rules announced October 15, 2019

On 10 October 2019 the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) released its response to feedback received on its consultation paper ‘Simplifying, clarifying and enhancing the integrity and efficiency of the ASX listing rules’, together with the … Continued

Ten recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into franchising that had us scratching our heads

Following extensive public hearings across Australia, hundreds of submissions, a High Court challenge and several extensions, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services recently released its findings into the franchise sector.  There appears to be, at the core of many of the recommendations, a desire on the part of the Committee to alter the balance of power between franchisors and franchisees.

Given the evidence provided by many franchisees to the Committee this is to be expected and, in fact, may be a desirable outcome as it will remind the industry that its success is driven by the mutual success of all stakeholders in the relationship – including, franchisor, franchisee, landlord, financiers and suppliers. However, in looking to rebalance the franchisor-franchisee relationship, the Committee may have swung the pendulum too far, as what comes through the report is the need for franchisors to underwrite the success of franchisees and that if they do not do so and a franchisee fails, then the franchisor is implicitly at fault or has conducted themselves poorly or even unlawfully.  Where this sentiment appears to have driven some of the recommendations in the report, then they are likely to be flawed.

Partners Shaun Temby and Greg Hipwell have written an article that considers 10 of the more contentious recommendations and provide insights into what could be done instead.

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Following extensive public hearings across Australia, hundreds of submissions, a High Court challenge and several extensions, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services recently released its findings into the franchise sector.  There appears to be, at the core of many of the recommendations, a desire on the part of the Committee to alter the balance of power between franchisors and franchisees.

Given the evidence provided by many franchisees to the Committee this is to be expected and, in fact, may be a desirable outcome as it will remind the industry that its success is driven by the mutual success of all stakeholders in the relationship – including, franchisor, franchisee, landlord, financiers and suppliers. However, in looking to rebalance the franchisor-franchisee relationship, the Committee may have swung the pendulum too far, as what comes through the report is the need for franchisors to underwrite the success of franchisees and that if they do not do so and a franchisee fails, then the franchisor is implicitly at fault or has conducted themselves poorly or even unlawfully.  Where this sentiment appears to have driven some of the recommendations in the report, then they are likely to be flawed.

Partners Shaun Temby and Greg Hipwell have written an article that considers 10 of the more contentious recommendations and provide insights into what could be done instead.

Download the article