The Start and End of a Franchise

Franchise relationships often start off well, but what happens when the relationship has soured, or one party wants to get out? If the parties have received good advice at the outset, it’s likely that the chances of drawn-out disputes are reduced, and the parting of ways will be smoother – and less costly in terms of time, money and stress.

Presented by barristers well-experienced in franchise matters, this webinar will address basic due diligence, renewals and exiting a franchise.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who advises on franchise matters, including commercial lawyers, civil and commercial litigators, and general practitioners.

In respect of franchises:

Refresh your knowledge of due diligence.

Become apprised of what’s involved with renewals.

Delve into the details of exiting a franchise, including restraint of trade clauses.


Deirdre Watson
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Deirdre has practised as a Barrister since 1993, and has undertaken a wide variety of general commercial and civil litigation, with a strong focus on franchise disputes. She has acted for some of New Zealand's most well-known franchisors and for numerous franchisees.

She is a regular presenter on franchise legal issues, has written many articles in franchising, lectures at Auckland University in franchising and is a past Board Member and Vice Chair of the New Zealand Franchise Association.

Paul Dalkie
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Paul Dalkie has practised as a barrister for more than 24 years in New Zealand and Australia. He appears in and has appeared in a wide range of civil and commercial cases and arbitrations. Prior to becoming a barrister he practised as a solicitor in Queensland for more than 8 years including at two global firms Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) and Cannan & Peterson, Sly & Weigall (now Norton Rose Fullbright).

He has appeared and argued cases and conducted trials and appeals at all Court’s levels, including the Privy Council.

His practice has particular emphasis on contract disputes of all kinds, and corporate law, especially insolvency and shareholders and directors disputes.  

He is admitted to practice in New Zealand, Queensland and Victoria, and in the Federal Courts of Australia.



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Member - $140.00 GST
Non-Member - $195.00 GST


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