Working as a private business owner under the name of a larger group offers many advantages. But such collaboration between two parties can be complex. Franchisors and franchisees benefit from each other’s strengths, but also have obligations towards each other.
Those obligations must be recorded in detail to avoid problems between the parties. Many areas of the law therefore pay a part in franchising, such as contract law, employment law, competition law, intellectual property law, landlord and tenant law, and procedural law. Köster has a dedicated team of experienced franchise specialists with in-depth knowledge of these complex areas of the law within the franchise sector.
Some 30,000 companies operate around 750 franchise formulas in the Netherlands and those numbers are increasing. Franchising has expanded in recent years in terms of both the turnover and the number of employees involved. To complicate matters, there are different types of franchise, each of which offers different opportunities and sets different challenges. Working in this sector requires knowledge and experience, but above all a pragmatic approach.
Köster has a highly efficient, solution-oriented and creative Franchise Team. Doing business involves risks; we help our clients make the best decisions in that light. Our thorough knowledge of the sectors in which our clients operate allows us to do so. We not only advise, litigate and draw up contracts, but also help our clients implement the agreements made and perform their obligations in practice.
Are you about to set up a webstore? Have you developed a new app? Or are you in the initial phase of developing a great piece of software? Does your organisation make software available via the cloud to several customers and do you wish to conquer the world? Do you need more information on personal data processing in light of the General Data Protection Regulation? Or is your ICT project not running as you had hoped? Our ICT, E-commerce and Privacy team will be pleased to assist you, regardless of the phase you are in.
Since they involve at least three parties, flexible employment relationships are more complex than traditional employer-employee relationships. There is also relatively little case law in this field, since the Wet werk en zekerheid (Work and Security Act), which provides a legal framework for flexible employment relationships, entered into force only a few years ago.
Working as an independent business owner under the name of a larger group offers great advantages. But the collaboration between the two parties can be complex. Franchisors and franchisees profit from each other’s strengths, but also have mutual obligations.
The world of fashion has been our playing field for many years. That extensive experience has given us a thorough knowledge of the world of fashion and of the legal advice required in that sector. Our clients include major fashion brands, established designers and start-ups, producers, private-label suppliers, commercial agents, distributors, retailers, franchisors and franchisees.