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The Full Court of the Federal Court handed down a decision this year that has the potential to affect Business people who might not consider themselves involved in a franchise relationship. The decision also places in doubt the extent to which a Franchisor must go, when undertaking the process of issuing a disclosure document.  We believe that this process must be dictated by the particular circumstances of the

Many people wrongly believe that if an agreement is not put in writing they are not required to honour the agreement. This is incorrect (except for some exceptions, one of which is noted below).  A verbal agreement may be enforced by either party to the agreement regardless of whether that agreement is in writing.  So be careful what you agree!

The difficulty you may have guessed is, proving what was agreed.  Indeed we see many agreements, even written agreements that are very unclear. There is sometimes so little detail or, so little care taken, that it is difficult to know what the parties are intending.

Land Tax Thresholds Change regularly. You should contact Riba Business Lawyers to ensure that the rates have not changed since the  date of this Post.

For Individual who are resident in Queensland.

Taxable value Rate of tax
$0–$599,999 $0
$600,000–$999,999 $500 plus 1 cent for each $ more than $600,000
$1,000,000–$2,999,999 $4,500 plus 1.65 cents for each $ more than $1,000,000
$3,000,000–$4,999,999 $37,500 plus 1.25 cents for each $ more than $3,000,000
$5,000,000 and over $62,500 plus 1.75 cents for each $ more than $5,000,000

If you are buying into a franchised system, it will be important to ensure two things:

1. That the Franchisor is performing well; 2. That the Franchisee's existing business (if any) is performing well, within the franchise system.

Franchisor Performance

These investigations are part of your due diligence. There is more to due diligence than having your lawyer check the contracts and your accountant check the figures. Obviously these things need to be done and it would be foolish to consider a purchase without these checks however, you, also have a role to pay.

Every Franchisor is obliged to keep a current disclosure document. That disclosure document is a very useful source of information for you. It should, if properly written tell you if the Franchisor has been terminating franchises and if franchises have been failing or disputes have been brewing. It will tell you the experience level of the Franchisor and much more. If you do not understand the disclosure document then you should get assistance. If the disclosure document is not well written this should be a warning to you.