Roundtable: Franchise 2013
In September 2013, Jennifer Dolman, Partner, Litigation, participated in a discussion brought about by the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, to discuss key issues facing lawyers today. Jennifer spoke about the positive activity among franchisors in the United Sates and other countries who are interested in expanding into Canada. Overall, the outlook for the franchise environment is a positive one. Says Jennifer, “According to the January/February edition of Franchise Canada magazine, the six franchise sectors in Canada with the most significant growth from 2008 to 2013 are business consultants/services/training; hair and nail salons/spas; seniors/home care and services; food-restaurants/dining rooms; home-based businesses; and health and fitness/nutrition. Franchise trade shows remain extremely popular and we have noticed a number of new lawyers showing an interest in franchising and attending at the Canadian Franchise Association and Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Section franchise law conferences.”
Jennifer goes on to say that all clients are requesting budgets/estimates prior to initiating a particular project and that many firms, including Osler’s have implemented administrative and technological practices to record and monitor docketing to help ensure a matter stays within budget. “It is important that we keep our clients informed so that there are no surprises when they receive our accounts. This is particularly important in litigation where the costs have a lot to do with the lawyer on the other side, that lawyer’s experience in franchising and how aggressively he/she is pursuing or defending a matter. Additionally, maintaining a comprehensive record of completed matters and their associated costs helps firms provide estimates for related matters with greater accuracy, which benefits both the firm and the clients,” says Jennifer.
To read the full roundtable discussion, click here.