Spoor & Fisher

Spoor & Fisher

Services/Products offered
Regional, Nationwide, Africa, Global
Areas products offered
Global, Africa
Areas services offered
Global, Africa, Nationwide, Gauteng, Western Cape
Service Provider Member

Spoor and Fisher is an internationally rated Intellectual Property (IP) law firm, firmly rooted on the African continent since 1920 with their offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Jersey (Channel Islands).

Our services related to franchising include, but are not limited to:

  • Structuring and documenting franchise and distribution programs, including agreements and collateral documents.
  • Advising companies on structuring distribution relationships.
  • Preparing disclosure documents, and counselling on compliance with all elements of disclosure regulation and franchisee recruitment.
  • Restructuring existing franchise and distribution relationships.
  • Franchise conversion and “combination” or “co-branding” relationships.
  • Franchise and dealership terminations and transfers and counselling on compliance with government regulations.
  • Addressing relationship problems and advising on ways to enhance franchise and distribution relationships.
  • Representing franchise and distribution companies in court, arbitration, mediation, and other ways to settle disagreements without going to court.
  • Advising franchising and distribution companies with respect to the impact of developments in technology and communication on their franchise and distribution relationships, including electronic commerce issues.
  • Advising buyers of area development and master franchises, joint ventures, and negotiating related agreements.

At Spoor and Fisher, we use the power of our intellectual property expertise and authentic business insight to help our clients to protect, manage and enforce valuable IP rights.

Our practice area teams specialise in trade marks, patents, copyright, registered designs, anti-counterfeiting, domain names, plant breeders’ rights, utility models, SMME support, consumer, advertising and regulatory matters, commercial IP, IP due diligence, IP portfolio management and all related litigation.

Over 100 years, we have grown into Africa’s largest specialised IP law firm, with local roots and global reach, known for creating and implementing robust IP protection strategies.

We work hand-in-hand with clients – global companies, universities and SMMEs – and collaborate with legal advisors, agents, and inventors interested in Africa and the Caribbean. We are proud to employ the field’s top thinkers and practitioners across a broad footprint of offices that extends from Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town to Jersey, with several associated offices throughout the continent. Our geographic footprint is one of many reasons our firm is known for local expertise blended with rich cultural and social diversity.

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John Foster


Email: j.foster@spoor.com

Tel:  +27 21 673 4441


John Foster
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