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Australian Franchise Opinions

The CEO - It's a tough gig!

Running a Franchise organisation has a lot more challenges than most businesses. You still need the same skills as any other CEO running a business in your Industry but you also have the challenges of managing the relationships with a diversified group of people that have all come from different backgrounds – your Franchisees.


New unfair contracts - changes expected in early 2016

In this exclusive article to whichfranchise, hear from Alan Branch who is a experienced consultant, commercial lawyer and franchise expert. He shares pertinent information on what to expect in 2015 in regards to changes made to the 'small business contact' so as satisfy unfair contract terms in Australia. Be in the know with this sound advice...


Top 10 things to check in a franchise disclosure document

In this exclusive article by leading franchise lawyer, Corinne Attard, you can discover the top things you should know about before you sign a franchise disclosure document. Are you 'in-the-know'? Find out here...


The Most Asked Questions in Franchising

George Yammouni, the CEO of Bathroom Werx Group, shares with us the most common questions asked within the franchising sector and gives his own expert advice.

The importance of due diligence in franchising

By Nigel Williams, Century 21. "Due Diligence" is a term often used these days when requesting prospective Franchisees to conduct a thorough research process of the Franchisor's business operations before making application to become a Franchisee. However in my opinion, due diligence applies equally to the Franchisor i.e. has the Franchisor conducted a satisfactory due diligence process relating to the prospective Franchisee, before asking the prospect to make application to become a Franchisee?"

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Franchise Opinion Authors

Nigel Williams of Century 21

Nigel Williams

Nigel Williams is the State Franchise Development Manager (Vic) for the global franchise group Century 21. Supported by his considerable expertise in business development, training, leadership & management coaching, Nigel spearheads C21’s strategic growth strategy throughout Victoria and Tasmania to locate and develop high profile, profitable "attraction" businesses.

Alan Branch of Optivance 360

Alan Branch

Alan is an experienced consultant, commercial lawyer and franchise expert recognised for his skill in negotiating and completing business set up and expansion projects.  Alan is a recognised International speaker and publisher on franchising.

Corinne Attard of Holman Webb Lawyers

Corinne Attard

Corinne is a franchising and retail specialist with more than 25 years franchising and retail industry experience including extensive in-house experience as general counsel with responsibility for over 350 franchised stores. Corinne’s approach is outcome oriented and risk management based and combines practical business advice with legal solutions. She acts for primarily retailers, franchisors, master franchisees and multi-unit franchisees.

Mark Fernandez of Business Development Alliance

Mark Fernandez

Director Mark Fernandez has had over 20 of senior management experience in franchising and business development. His breadth of knowledge and expertise spans across both local and multi international business models and his influence has seen him serve on the committee of the West Australian chapter of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) for a number of years.

George Yammouni CEO of Bathroom Werx Group

George Yammouni CEO

George is CEO of the Bathroom Werx Group - a national Franchise System specialising in quick and affordable bathroom makeovers and renovations.

He is a 30year CPA veteran by profession and started his business as a Franchisee in 1986 after a career in merchant banking. He acquired the Franchisor in 1988 and began franchising in 1990.

Bathroom Werx renovates over 200 bathrooms every month around Australia for Customers, including the world’s leading Hotel groups and Government Housing Departments..

George is one of Australia's leading exponents of service franchising and is a Past Chairman of the Franchise Council of Australia

Robert Toth of Marsh & Maher

Robert Toth

 Robert Toth a Partner of Marsh & Maher Lawyers is a recognised leader in Franchise law in Australia and a Member of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) & the International Franchise Lawyers Association (IFLA).

Melissa Strain of Wisewould Mahony

Melissa Strain

Melissa Strain, a Senior Associate at Wisewould Mahony Lawyers, is an Accredited Business Law Specialist with extensive experience in franchising.

Melissa works with both franchisees and franchisors to resolve franchise related disputes and assists franchisees with negotiated exits from franchise systems. Melissa is a member of the Franchise Council of Australia.


Vicki Prout of Sherpa Group

Vicki Prout

Vicki Prout has had varied experience having been involved in the franchising sector as a Franchisor, Franchisee, and Consultant. Her franchising journey seriously took off when she became the International Development and Marketing Manager for Cartridge World. Vicki established Sherpa Group in 2009.