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Franchise law

No two franchise agreements are the same, so it pays to get expert legal advice. Kensington Swan’s franchise law expertise is behind some of New Zealand’s most successful franchises. We help New Zealand businesses to develop franchising networks and international franchisors to enter the local market.

Legal advice for franchisors

Our franchise law team is experienced in the design and set-up of new franchises. We can help you develop a greenfield franchising concept or convert existing distribution and sale networks into a franchise format. We also advise on altering overseas franchise arrangements to comply with New Zealand law.

Kensington Swan is a member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand and advises on compliance with its Codes of Practice and Ethics. We maintain close relationships with consultants, accountants, and professional associations, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to help you achieve your franchising goals.
We have the breadth of experience and depth of expertise to advise you on:

  • corporate structuring
  • tax
  • supplier and franchise contracts
  • intellectual property
  • dispute resolution.

Thinking about buying a franchise?

When investing as a franchisee the last thing you need to worry about is the paperwork. We can review the franchise agreements and contracts and help you avoid any unwelcome surprises. We’ll guide you through the process, providing insight and advice to get your new venture off to a successful start.


We have advised on franchise law across a diverse range of industries, including fast food, security, residential construction, removal and transport, home services, and motor vehicle servicing and repairs.

Recent work

Drafting and advising on master franchisor agreement and franchisee agreements for Jesters Pies.

Drafting and advising on dealer agreements for Signature Security Group Limited.

Negotiating and preparing all documentation for the establishment and sale of regional master franchisor agreements.

Advising on dealer agreements and arrangements, including sale and purchase transactions for Bridgestone (New Zealand) Limited.


Related areas

Advertising and marketing
Dispute resolution
Financial intermediaries
Intellectual property
Mergers and acquisitions

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