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Many franchise systems outgrow their initial legal counsel. Franchising is a highly-specialized area of law. Because of the specific jurisdictionally-based rules, and the wide range of businesses that franchise, it’s not possible to do a good job unless you’re focused and specialized.

Our group leader, Peter Dillon, has practiced exclusively in this area for more than 25 years, and has a hand-picked team of specialists that provide laser-targeted support services for any specific requirement or transaction.

Peter represents some of the largest franchise systems operating in Canada and internationally. He is the only franchise lawyer in Canada licensed to practice in the U.S. He was the Canadian governmental expert to UNIDROIT in Rome for development of an international model franchise law, and the only Canadian member of the North American Securities Administrators Association franchise advisory panel.

If you have reached the stage in your development where you require only the best in legal franchise services, call us to discuss these and other services:

  • Specialized advice on specific issues to in-house counsel and senior management.
  • Special counsel service to outside counsel in M&A, class action, franchise association and other niche circumstances.
  • Mergers and acquisitions of smaller systems.
  • Canadian and international corporate entity structuring.
  • International expansion.
  • Ensuring compliance with franchise disclosure laws, including project-based review of all documentation to ensure compliance and good standing.
  • Ongoing and project-based review of all forms of documentation to ensure alignment with financial and business goals and objectives.
  • Immigration advice for management and staff engaged in international expansion.
  • Franchisee termination.
  • Franchisee associations.
  • Insolvency and restructuring.

Siskinds experience in all phases of franchise growth over a wide array of products and services has made our advice a sought-after commodity in the world of senior in-house counsel and with other seasoned industry insiders. Come find out how we can help you take it to the next level.


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I am so thankful to have connected with John [Morrissey] who helped solve our chaotic legal difficulty last summer. I chose Siskinds simply through an online search for local Estate Law. John responded to my general inquiry in a timely manner and presented himself on the phone in a way that invoked confidence and trust. The expertise evident in that initial call was authentic.
John’s kindness, attention to detail, and great skill was so appreciated as we maneuvered a messy family situation. Through the long course of events, I could always count on John to be on top of things, never miss deadlines or important actions, keep me informed, explain procedures, and be patient with various oddities of the family situation. John’s professionalism, responsiveness, and expertise exceeded my expectations. John’s skill in dealing with the argumentative party was exceptional. I will also add, that both Reenya Koshaba and Heather Whitty were extremely helpful, thorough, and detailed in all their work and responses.
I will endorse both Siskinds and John Morrissey to anyone in need of legal assistance. I cannot express enough my gratitude and relief for John’s help in resolving this emotional family controversy. - D.W.

I would like to thank Maciek Piekosz and his amazing team at Siskinds. Thank you for all of your hard work and and supplying me with the best support team ever. You have a wonderful group of people working in your law office and I appreciate every one of you! I will always recommend the Siskinds team and Maciek in particular. I really appreciate how hard Maciek fought for me and will remember the kindness and empathy he has shown me. I am very grateful. - C.B.

Elena [Ashford] and Angela [Belair] have been immensely useful in my application towards permanent residence. Elena's first hand experience as an immigrant brings out a compassionate approach towards her clients, and she is great with her knowledge of the processes involved. She takes a great initiative in ensuring that her clients stay on top of the documents and provides incredible insights into how the application would be viewed by the immigration offices. My application had come to a stand still, and after reaching out to her, it proceeded to approval within a month. Thank you to Elena and her team for all the great work! - C.P.