Unfortunately a franchise agreement is an extremely complicated and detailed commercial contract. Generally, they are about 40 pages long although some are as long as 100 pages!
Really all that a franchise agreement does is to expand on the standard definition of franchising which is:
- the franchisor allows a franchisee to use its brand;
- the franchisor will provide continuing training and guidance;
- the franchisee must comply with the franchisor's requirements;
- the franchisee must make payments to the franchisor.
Inevitably because lawyers are involved, agreements expand on these very simple principles at great length. Having said this, franchise agreements are complex and it is essential that you obtain legal advice on the agreement from an experienced franchise lawyer who will know what provisions are unusual, unfair or unworkable. The BFA has a list of affiliated lawyers who know about franchising. It is very unlikely that a lawyer who is not affiliated to the BFA will have sufficient experience of franchising to be able to advise you properly.