Franchising Alert | COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Commercial, Franchising

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DATE PUBLISHED: March 26, 2020

The Federal Government’s announcement of mandatory business closures since Monday has affected a significant number of businesses across Australia. 

The nature of the businesses that have been required to close or drastically reduce their operations include many that form part of national and international franchise networks. 

Where a business operator is also a Franchisee, this poses a number of additional challenges for those operators, including a dramatically reduced ability (or inability) to pay mandatory fees to their Franchisors.    

Franchisors of affected business models are also facing unique and unprecedented challenges as they look to support the Franchisees in their networks to make it through this difficult period. 

Over the course of this week, we have given advice to numerous Franchisees and Franchisors in relation to their legal obligations towards their customers, creditors and each other. 

If you or your clients require any assistance in the present climate, please call Andrea Hetherington on (07) 3014 6539.

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