COVID-19 and Franchising

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty

for franchise networks. Our legal team have put

together a range of resources to assist.

COVID-19 Resources

Good Faith in Franchising
Good Faith in Franchising

10 min read The Franchising Code of Conduct (the Franchising Code) includes an obligation that the franchisor and the franchisee act in good faith in their dealings with the other party. The obl…

Franchising – COVID-19 ACCC Information
Franchising – COVID-19 ACCC Information

Franchising – The ACCC has released information for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, including information for franchisors and franchisees

COVID-19 – Relaunching Your Business
COVID-19 – Relaunching Your Business

The implementing of the Federal Government’s 3 Stage plan will not mark an immediate return to the “old normal”. Moving forward into such an uncertain world requires a detailed relaunch plan. …

Online Annual General Meetings
Online Annual General Meetings

From today, companies will be able to convene annual general meetings and other meetings prescribed under the Corporations Act, the Insolvency Practices Rules and the Passport Rules, entirely online r…

COVID-19 and Commercial Leasing in South Australia
COVID-19 and Commercial Leasing in South Australia

South Australia has enacted the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (the Act) to adopt a number of the principles set out in the Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct previously announced by the Natio…

The South Australian $10,000.00 Emergency Cash Grant for small business
The South Australian $10,000.00 Emergency Cash Grant for small business

Franchisees and Franchisors who operate a business in South Australia may be eligible for the $10,000 Emergency Cash Grant. The $10,000 Emergency Cash Grant is part of the South Australian governm…

Do I need to pay fees under my franchise agreement during COVID-19?
Do I need to pay fees under my franchise agreement during COVID-19?

Many franchisees are asking “do I need to pay fees under my franchise agreement when I can’t operate my business”. We consider some options below. Table Of ContentsForce Majeure ClausesGood …

Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses
Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses

On 23 March 2020, the government passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 (“the Bill”). As part of the Bill the government introduced temporary relief for financially dist…

The COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct
The COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct

The National Cabinet has announced that the purpose of the COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct (“the Code”) is to impose a set of good faith leasing principles for application to commercial te…

The JobKeeper Payment Scheme
The JobKeeper Payment Scheme

The federal government has introduced a JobKeeper Payment scheme to support businesses significantly affected by Coronavirus. Eligible employers will be reimbursed $1,500.00 per fortnight for each el…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Franchise Agreements
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Franchise Agreements

We are experiencing unprecedented disruption to business and the economy. Many businesses including many franchises are currently unable to operate due to government restrictions and we don’t know how…

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