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Franchisee Employee Matters – Matter!

February 14, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Last year we provided an update regarding the issues the 7-Eleven franchise network’s suffered as a result of the failures of a number of its franchisee’s meeting their employer obligations. These issues have been an ongoing saga for the network, where following the Fair Work Ombudsman’s further investigations, the Fair Work Ombudsman has now published […]



Check Your Financial Health in Just 5 Minutes

January 19, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

While we regularly check our skin for wrinkles, spots and stray hairs and our body for every bump or wobble – our finances go largely unchecked. Yes, we look at monthly inflows and outflows, but not the larger picture. As our finances do not stare back at us in the mirror everyday, they are pretty […]



Franchising Expos: The Due Diligence and Opportunities – First Steps

November 2, 2016 | Simone Pentis

A few months ago I participated within a Franchising Expo where I came face to face with numerous members of the public looking to either become a franchisor by franchising their existing business or instead make a purchase direct from a franchisor and/or one of their franchisees to become apart of their franchise network. Franchising […]



Good Faith – It’s Important and is Here to Stay and Grow!

October 5, 2016 | Simone Pentis

In 2015 any debate as to whether there are obligations to act in Good Faith within the franchising industry ended with the Franchising Code of Conduct (the main law regulating franchising in Australia) expressly confirming Good Faith exists in franchising and cannot be excluded or limited. The obligation to act in Good Faith applies before, […]



Protecting The Franchise Brand

September 7, 2016 | Simone Pentis

Given a franchise group’s brand may be one of its most valuable assets, franchisors should be continually reviewing its own and its franchisees activities to ensure that the franchisor is actively managing and protecting its brand. There are a number of steps franchisors can take to protect their brand, some of these include a Franchisor […]



3 Things Successful Investors Do In Volatile Times

August 18, 2016 | Marisa Hoffenberg

One would be forgiven for fearing the turmoil of the world. With the news awash with suicide bomb attacks; trucks that plough into innocent pedestrians and the political world resembling teenage pop concert. Leaders have come and left the stage, firing up audiences with wild statements and leaving with wardrobe malfunctions. Of course, the share […]



Franchising Networks: The impact of one and the importance of the Franchisor

August 10, 2016 | Simone Pentis

When dealing with a franchise network, people will not often distinguish between different franchised businesses, but instead think of one overall business. Franchising as a business format encourages the above view. Most franchise systems seek to ensure that every existing or potential customer can generally expect to experience the same consistent products and/or services irrelevant […]



Why The ‘Work Anywhere’ Movement is a Pain in the Neck?

July 12, 2016 | Jo Cordell-Cooper

woman holding her sore neck

I’ve been working in the fitness industry for many years now and I have seen a worsening in neck and shoulder muscle health.  Could it be all the portable hand held devices that are making us look down far more than we used to?    The head is heavy – it is designed to sit on […]



Business Name and Logo: High Value Assets

July 6, 2016 | Simone Pentis

Given one of the essential assets of many businesses, particularly those operating within the franchising industry is their business’s trade name and logo/s, it cannot be underestimated how important it is to ensure the relevant name/s and logo/s have been sufficiently legally protected. Over the years I have seen many people believe that if they […]



Legal Advice and Franchising – YES it is important!

June 8, 2016 | Simone Pentis

Yes a lawyer telling people to ensure they get formal legal advice before entering into any franchise or doing any deal may sound self serving, but over the years of my practice I have seen many occasions where if a person had just sought formal legal advice or required the other party to get formal […]