Your trusted CPD partner


Franchising - common pitfalls and disputes - Online CPD

NZ $179.00
Sarah Pilcher 2017 Deirdre Watson 2017
Sarah Pilcher
Principal, The Franchise Lawyer
Deirdre Watson

Package includes:

Online CPD Module  l  Booklet  l  PowerPoint Presentation

Package Fee (incl GST)

  • $149 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $179 - Non-members

Note: Access to the online files is via your "My CPD" page. If you would like to purchase multiple packages, please contact us here.

Online CPD Module

Presentation time: 90 minutes

Franchising is a growth industry and New Zealand does not have any franchise specific legislation to protect franchisees through due diligence, against unfair franchisor actions or when it comes to dealing with problems. It is increasingly important that practitioners providing advice in this area understand the due diligence that needs to be undertaken and
what the options are for both sides when things go wrong.

Topics covered will include:
  • The implications to clients of entering into a franchise arrangement
  • Practical tips for conducting due diligence when acting for a buyer
  • Examining what kind of disputes typically arise (for eg breach and termination notices, performance issues, lack of good faith and restraints of trade) and how to solve them
  • Negotiations and optimising the ongoing franchising relationship.

Learning objectives

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Confidently advise prospective franchisees.
  • Examine, draft and review documentation to optimise their clients’ position.

Please contact us if you use a dial up internet connection.

Electronic Booklet

Authors: Sarah Pilcher, Deirdre Watson
Published: 16 May 2017
Pages: 43
Electronic booklet can be downloaded from My CPD > My Online CPD after purchase.


This part of the paper looks into some of the less attractive features of franchising. It covers what the lawyer needs to look out for when advising a prospective franchisee for a due diligence review of a Franchise Agreement. The focus is on advising franchisees although much of the paper will be of interest and relevant to lawyers advising franchisor clients.

The writer’s approach to advising potential franchisees has evolved over many years of seeing what can happen when franchising goes wrong or when franchisees get surprises about what they signed up for, or what the franchisor can do.

Assume nothing about what a client understands regardless of their past business experience or the level of investment in the franchise business. The size, solid appearance and general reputation of a franchise chain can bear little resemblance to the experience of being a franchisee in that system.

When an unhappy franchisee seeks advice for a problem, the questions they ask and the complaints they have often confirm that they had very little appreciation of what they agreed to when they signed their franchise agreement.

PowerPoint Presentation

These are the slides included in the presentation.

You might also be interested in ...

Registrant Details

Use this window to add all the registrants you wish to register on behalf of. If you want to attend the course also, ensure you add yourself as one of the registrants. Make sure you press ‘save’ after adding each new registrant.

Proceed to Checkout

Business Insolvency – key commercial issues and developments - Online CPD

Publication Date: 25-Mar-2015

Authors: Sean Gollin, Richard Gordon

NZ $255.00

Multiple Registration

Trustees - meeting obligations and minimising risk - Online CPD

Publication Date: 10-Nov-2014

Authors: Helen Dervan, Jeremy Johnson

NZ $255.00

Multiple Registration
freephone (within NZ)
0800 333 111


04 472 7837

04 463 2986
Law Society Building
26 Waring Taylor Street
Wellington 6011

DX SP 20202
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand