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Coleman Murray High Resolution Image Murray G. Coleman
Partner, Co-Head of Corporate Commercial, Head of Franchise Practice Group
T: 403.298.3336

Whether a new entrant into the multi-billion-dollar franchise industry, an established franchisee, or a Canadian or international franchisor managing business and maintaining franchise rights around the globe, the necessity of legal advisors capable of seeing and helping you to deal with business issues from all angles is common. Representing clients in the franchise industry for over 25 years, Bennett Jones provides legal services and advice to franchisors and franchisees in Canada and internationally.

We provide a broad range of advice to Canadian franchisors, both emerging and established, in the structuring, operation, expansion, acquisition and disposition of franchises domestically and internationally, particularly in the United States. We also advise on expansion into Canada by U.S. and other internationally-based franchisors. Our franchise team has a deep understanding of Canadian franchise legislation and its implications for franchisors and franchisees.

A franchise system may involve intellectual property, real estate, tax, and other matters. As a full service law firm, Bennett Jones offers complete and comprehensive advice on franchising matters, including securing trademark rights, protecting intellectual property and resolving disputes with current and former franchisees.

Our franchise litigation lawyers are recognized for their depth of knowledge and experience and represent clients in disputes involving enforcement claims, termination and non-renewal, restrictive covenants and trade secrets and other matters.

Our clients include domestic and international brands and franchise systems involved in most industries including food service, clothing, hotel, retail, and professional services industries.

Select Experience

  • Founders Advantage Capital, in connection with its $74 million acquisition of a 60% Interest in the Dominion Lending Centre group of companies Read more
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., as Monitor of Poseidon Concepts Corp. in its cross-border Companies Creditors' Arrangement Act (”CCAA”) proceedings, including in its Court sanctioned role of taking proceedings against Poseidon's directors and auditors to recover additional funds for the estate.
  • Successful trial before the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta with respect to the enforcement of statutory disclosure obligations under the Alberta Franchises Act and Regulation. Mapleleaf Franchise Concepts, Inc. v. Nassus Frameworks Ltd., 2011 ABQB 594.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, repeatedly recommended, Franchise Law, Calgary

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