End of Term Issues - Amazon S3

End of Term Issues - Amazon S3

End of Term Issues Tamra Seaton, MDS Legal Glen Pauline, LegalVision Sean ODonnell, HWL Ebsworth End of Term: Issues and Challenges Page heading here

1. End of term Noticesgoes & good faith in decision making 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Disclosure issues re end of term: Clause 18, Item 18 Code interpretation issues Clause 23: effect of restraint clause if not extended Legal, practical, commercial problems Case example: SA Holden injunction End of Term issues at Mediation: examples Landscape Always been a hot area for disputes and franchisee expectations

often misaligned Ending the relationship can arise for various reasons underperformance; demographic change, infrastructure change; lack of passion; poor business planning; ageing franchisee population in mature systems Is the law changing new judges? Disclosure issues re end of term: Clause 18

18 End of term arrangements (1) The franchisor of a franchise agreement must notify the franchisee, in writing, whether the franchisor intends to: (a) extend the agreement; or (b) enter into a new agreement. (2) The franchisors notice must be given: (a) if the term of the franchise agreement is 6 months or longerat least 6 months before the end of the term of the agreement; and (b) if the term of the franchise agreement is less than 6 monthsat least 1 month before the end of the term of the agreement.

Civil penalty: 300 penalty units. (3) Unless the franchisor does not intend to extend the franchise agreement, the franchisors notice must include a statement to the effect that, subject to subclause 16(2), the franchisee may request a disclosure document under clause 16. Civil penalty: 300 penalty units. 4 Definitions extend: (a) in relation to the scope of a franchise agreement, means a material change to:

(i) the terms and conditions of the agreement; or (ii) the rights of a person under or in relation to the agreement; or (iii) the liabilities that would be imposed on a person under or in relation to the agreement; or (b) in relation to the term of a franchise agreement, occurs when the period of the agreement is extended, other than because of an option exercisable by the franchisee during the term of the agreement.

renew, in relation to a franchise agreement, occurs when the franchisee exercises an option during the term of the agreement to renew the agreement. Clause 23 Effect of restraint of trade clause if not extended 23 Effect of restraint of trade clause if franchise agreement not extended (1) A restraint of trade clause in a franchise agreement has no effect after the agreement expires if:

(a) the franchisee had given written notice to the franchisor seeking to extend the agreement on substantially the same terms as those: (i) contained in the franchisors current franchise agreement; and (ii) that apply to other franchisees or would apply to a prospective franchisee; and (b) the franchisee was not in breach of the agreement or any related agreement; and (c) the franchisee had not infringed the intellectual property of, or a confidentiality agreement with, the franchisor during the term of the agreement; and (d) the franchisor does not extend the agreement; and (e) either: (i) the franchisee claimed compensation for goodwill because the agreement was not

extended, but the compensation given was merely a nominal amount and did not provide genuine compensation for goodwill; or (ii) the agreement did not allow the franchisee to claim compensation for goodwill in the event that it was not extended. (2) Subclause (1) also applies in respect of a restraint of trade clause that is incorporated into a franchise agreement: (a) by reference to another document; or (b) by another document physically attached to the

agreement. Note: See subclauses 3(4) and (5). Item 18 Disclosure Document 18 Arrangements to apply at the end of the franchise agreement 18.1 Details of the process that will apply in determining arrangements to apply at the end of the franchise agreement, including: (a) whether the prospective franchisee will have an option to: (i) renew the franchise agreement; or

(ii) enter into a new franchise agreement; and (b) whether the prospective franchisee will be able to extend the term of the franchise agreement, and if so, the processes the franchisor will use to determine whether to extend the term of the franchise agreement; and (c) if the prospective franchisee will have an option to renew the franchise agreement whether the prospective franchisee will be entitled to compensation at the end of the agreement if it is not renewed and, if so, how that compensation will be determined; and (d) details of the arrangements that will apply to unsold stock, marketing material,

equipment and other assets purchased when the franchise agreement was entered into, including: (i) whether the franchisor will purchase the stock, marketing material, equipment and other assets; and (ii) if the franchisor is to purchase the stock, marketing material, equipment and other assetshow prices will be determined; and (e) whether the prospective franchisee will have the right to sell the business at the end of the franchise agreement; and (f) if the prospective franchisee will have the right to sell the business at the end of the franchise agreementwhether the franchisor will have first right of refusal, and how

market value will be determined; and (g) whether the franchisor will consider any significant capital expenditure undertaken by the franchisee during the franchise agreement, in determining the arrangements to apply at the end of the franchise agreement. 18.2 Details of whether the franchisor has, in the last 3 financial years, considered any significant capital expenditure undertaken by franchisees, in determining the arrangements to apply at the end of franchise agreements between the franchisor and those franchisees.

18.3 If the franchisee does not have the option to renew the franchise agreement, the following statement must be included in size 12 font and bold: The franchisee does not have the option to renew the franchise agreement. At the end of the franchise agreement, the franchisor may, but does not have to, extend the term of the agreement. If the franchisor does not extend the term of the agreement, the franchise agreement ends and the franchisee no longer has a right

to carry on the franchised business. 18.4 If the franchisee cannot extend the term of the franchise agreement, the following statement must be included in size 12 font and bold: The franchisee cannot extend the term of the franchise agreement. At the end of the franchise agreement, the franchisor may, but does not have to, extend the term of the agreement. If the franchisor does not do so, the franchise agreement ends and the franchisee no longer

has a right to carry on the franchised business. 18.5 If the franchisee: (a) does not have the option to renew the franchise agreement; and (b) cannot extend the term of the franchise agreement; the following statement must be included in size 12 font and bold: The franchisee does not have the option to renew the franchise agreement and cannot extend the term of the

franchise agreement. At the end of the franchise agreement, the franchisor may, but does not have to, extend the term of the agreement. If the franchisor does not extend the term of the agreement, the franchise agreement ends and the franchisee no longer has a right to carry on the franchised business. (2) Subclause (1) also applies in respect of a restraint of trade clause that is incorporated into a franchise agreement:

(a) by reference to another document; or (b) by another document physically attached to the agreement. Note: See subclauses 3(4) and (5). Case example: SA Holden Page heading goes here Metro Investments Holdings PL V GM Holden Ltd

Metro Investments Holdings Pty Ltd v GM Holden Ltd [2017] FCA 1523 misleading and deceptive conduct; unconscionable conduct; and breach of the obligation to act in good faith. Clause 2.3 of Holden Dealer Agreement 1. If Holden gives written notice to the Dealer that this clause 2.3 is to apply to the

Dealer, prior to the final year of the Term, the Dealer must provide to Holden a Business Plan. 2. Holden and the Dealer will undertake a review of the Business Plan. 3. Not later than 6 months before the end of the Term, Holden will notify the Dealer of its intention either to offer the Dealer a further term of appointment and the period of, and any conditions (including, but not limited to, conditions precedent) attaching to, that term of appointment or not to offer the Dealer a further term of appointment. Holden has full discretion in making that decision. The Dealer has no recourse against Holden arising from any adverse decision of Holden.

End of Term issues at Mediation A case study: Page heading goes here Longstanding franchisee de-badges and sells the business Franchisor is irate! Mediation Case Study The Notice of Dispute Page

heading goes here The facts The February confrontation between franchisee and franchisor By the time of mediation in May Mediation Case Study The issues at mediation Page heading goes here The settlement reached at mediation

The outcome for franchisee and franchisor Clause 23 of the Code

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