Franchise Law

Franchising is one of the most important sources of economic growth in Canada and around the world. In fact, franchised businesses claim 40% of every retail dollar spent in Canada while across the border in the United States, a new franchise opens every eight minutes of every business day.

Dedicated Expertise

Cassels has one of Canada’s largest and most sophisticated franchise law teams, able to expertly guide clients through the growing and ever-evolving world of franchise law. Our dedicated team is recognized both domestically and internationally as a leading Franchise Law Firm, offering extensive practical experience in all facets of franchising from assisting local start-ups to working with some of the world’s biggest brands on their international expansion strategies.

Recognized Leaders

Our franchise lawyers are recognized as leaders in their field. Partner Larry Weinberg was named the one and only worldwide “Lawyer of the Year” for franchise law by UK-based Who’s Who Legal for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016) and we have multiple practitioners deemed “Legal Eagles” by Franchise Times, a US publication. Moreover, our team is acclaimed by such authorities as Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (which states that the firm has “a strong reputation for work between the US and Canadian markets”); International Who’s Who in Franchise Law and the Canadian Franchise Association. As well, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory lists Cassels as one of only two “Most Frequently Recommended” major full service firms in the area of franchise law and Best Lawyers in Canada recognizes all four partners in our Franchise Group as leaders in their field.

Comprehensive Capabilities

Our clients represent a broad spectrum of businesses, from traditional business format franchises to those using non-traditional methods of distributing their goods and services. Our advice includes:

Business Law

  • Set-up of franchise systems locally, nationally and internationally
  • Negotiation, drafting and updating of franchise agreements, including single and multi-unit franchise agreements
  • Franchise disclosure law compliance
  • Purchase and sale of individual franchised units or complete franchise systems
  • Multi-unit expansion, including master franchising, area development and area representative agreements, including joint ventures
  • Strategic advice regarding franchise associations
  • National and international expansion strategies, development and document preparation
  • “Accidental franchise” avoidance


  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Class action defence
  • Dealing with franchise default and termination

Integrated Services

As part of a full-service firm, our team is supported by colleagues in complementary practice areas, ensuring nimble and seamless navigation of all franchise business issues, including: