Franchise & Distribution

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Franchise businesses account for almost half of all retail sales in Canada and the United States, as many businesses seek to reach and serve customers beyond their borders. Companies expanding their businesses through franchising face a variety of legal needs as they select partners, implement quality standards, and comply with regulations on both sides of the border.


As a full-service law firm with offices across North America, Dickinson Wright has extensive experience acting on behalf of clients in the franchise industry. Our franchise and distribution lawyers work with Canadian and American franchisors, franchisees, and distributors taking their systems across the border or overseas. We also assist foreign franchisors seeking to operate in Canada and the U.S.

We are dedicated to obtaining positive results for our clients in a way that is cost-effective and tailored to meet each of their particular needs.  Our franchise and distribution team would be pleased to meet with you for a free consultation to discuss any franchise matter requiring legal assistance.

Our Clients


Our clients range from start-up systems to regional/master franchisees to vast franchise and distribution systems operating internationally.


Our Team


Our franchise and distribution team members keep our clients informed of the current trends and changes in the industry through timely publications. Additionally, members of our team have been selected for inclusion in Chambers Canada®, Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers®, and other leading evaluating organizations.

Our Services


  • Competition law & regulatory compliance       

  • Lease terminations
  • Manufacturing & product licensing agreements
  • Product & service distribution contracts
  • Franchisee defaults & terminations 


Additionally, our franchise and distribution lawyers work closely with other practice areas within the firm to ensure that we address and mitigate every potential point of concern that may emerge, including:




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