Commercial Law Series: Franchising - The Legal Lifecycle (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
Your desk or on your portable device


With franchising having ballooned in popularity as a method of business growth, so too have the number of franchise disputes. All too often complaints and disputes arise due to franchisees not realising what they have actually signed up for. 

This On Demand webinar will cover the lawyer’s input at various stages of the ‘franchise lifecycle’: 

  • Due diligence review of franchise agreements for potential franchisees.
  • Acting for vendor, purchaser or franchisor on the sale of a franchised business.
  • Consideration of common franchise disputes, such as: 
    • complaints about the quality of franchisor support and services; 
    • enforceability of restraint of trade; 
    • breach and termination, 

and how best to resolve these.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a better understanding of the current law relating to franchise set-up and disputes.
  • Receive practical advice on how to step through the legal pitfalls for franchisees and franchisors to ensure clients have realistic pre-contractual expectations.
  • Become better placed to advise clients about options for avoiding and resolving disputes that arise during and at the end of the franchise relationship.

Who should view? 

General practitioners and commercial lawyers advising franchisees or franchisors; lawyers with an interest in franchising. Accountants and business brokers with an interest in franchising may also benefit from attending.


David Foster
Harris Tate (Tauranga)

David Foster has practiced as a solicitor since 1981 in largely the commercial, franchising and trust areas along with property, insolvency and mortgage enforcement. He has written a number of articles on franchising and is a past board member and chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand. He is also the regional co-ordinator for the Franchise Association in the Bay of Plenty. David is a director of Harris Tate lawyers in Tauranga.

Deirdre Watson

Deirdre Watson has practised as a Barrister since 1993, and has undertaken a wide variety of general commercial and civil litigation, including contract, franchising and general civil litigation. She holds an LLM (Hons), has written a number of articles in franchising, lectures at Auckland University in franchising and is a Board Member of the New Zealand Franchise Association.