Luke specialises in franchising law, joining the Stone Group Lawyers’ team in March 2019 after spending a number of years acting for a diverse range of multinational franchisors.
Luke’s experience includes advising franchisors on day-to-day operational issues and regulatory compliance, drafting/updating franchise agreements and disclosure documents, and acting on new grants/renewals/resales. From the setting up of new franchise systems, to working closely with established franchisors, Luke assists his clients maintain that careful balance of a healthy franchisor/franchisee relationship.
Acting for franchisors is only just part of his experience. He has helped franchisees of many different franchise systems achieve that exciting goal of becoming a business owner. After giving advice to determine the best business structure, Luke carries out a comprehensive review of franchise agreements, gives plain-English advice on the key terms and considerations to cut through the legal jargon, and then negotiates changes. He’s then just a phone call away to answer any questions once the business is up and running.
Luke has also assisted many franchisees and franchisors resolve their differences in times of dispute, helping his clients navigate the process of issuing and/or responding to breach notices.
Luke isn’t just about franchising though. His days involve providing advice on a wide variety of commercial issues that arise in operating small to medium businesses, where he assists clients who are growing their business or wanting to protect what they’ve established. This includes acting on business sale and purchase transactions, to reviewing and negotiating retail and commercial leases for tenants. He is also experienced in acting for landlords.
In his spare time, Luke is an active member of both the Queensland Law Society Franchising Law Committee and the Franchise Council of Australia Legal Committee. These committees allow him to keep on the forefront of the latest developments in laws affecting franchising, and to contribute towards government submissions on topical issues facing the franchising industry. Luke will strive to be an essential part of your business’ team.