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In financial, tax and consulting services franchise
and commercial disputes frequently come up in the
following areas:

  • Customer lists
  • System standards
  • Proprietary information
  • Exclusive territories
  • Adherence to system standards
  • Minimum sales requirements
  • Reporting of revenues

Who We Help

We advise franchisors and franchisees, including master franchisees, multi-unit franchisees and area developers, about their rights and obligations. We provide representation as litigation and arbitration counsel in franchise and commercial disputes involving court litigation, private arbitration and mediation.


How We Help

We have extensive litigation experience in common areas where
disputes typically come up, including, but not limited to:

  • Territory disputes
  • Restrictions against competition
  • Resales
  • Changes to the franchise system
  • Designated suppliers
  • Approved products
  • Sharing of rebates and discounts from suppliers
  • System standards and proprietary information
  • Terminations
  • Reliable quality of service and work
  • De-identification
  • Client-list ownership
  • And more.

Additional Financial, Tax and Consulting Services Franchise Law Services

We also provide representation in franchise negotiations and franchise sales and transfers, including, among others, drafting:

  • Franchise Disclosure Documents
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Master Franchise Agreements
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The Financial Services Industry
Segments We Serve

We help financial services franchisors and franchisees in the following sectors, among others:

  • Accounting and Tax Services
  • Financial Services
  • Consulting

Law Works -
Important Financial, Tax and
Consulting Services Industry Cases

Noteworthy financial franchise court decisions where we acted as counsel include the following:

Non-compliant Franchise Disclosure Document

Giroux et al. v. 1073355 Ont. Ltd. et al (2018)

Case Synopsis

The Ontario Superior Court granted rescission to the franchisee under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, on the basis that the franchisor provided projections in the franchise disclosure document without disclosing the basis for them and other information required under the Wishart Act, as well as for delivering the disclosure document in in piecemeal.

Dispute About Whether Ontario or Alberta Law Applied to the Contract

Benefact Consulting Group Inc. v. Endura Manufacturing Company Ltd.

Case Synopsis

We represented an Alberta manufacturer in a dispute in the Ontario Superior Court brought by a tax consulting firm about fees arising out of Scientific Research and Experimental Development (“SR&ED”) investment tax credits applications. The court dispute revolved around whether Ontario or Alberta law applied to the dispute.

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