A specialist in franchising and a legal expert assisting franchisors, Chris is a trusted advisor to a number of high profile brands across Australia.

Chris’ specific expertise lies in franchising, licencing and intellectual property. Chris acts for a number of franchise systems and provides advice to major franchisor companies in Australia across diverse industries. Chris has worked extensively in the industry and has expertise in establishing franchise systems; franchising and licensing; branding; trademarks; copyright and confidential information; business structuring; trade practices advice; and commercial leasing.

Chris also has extensive experience in providing advice on structuring, drafting and advising on all types of commercial agreements, including supply and distribution agreements, shareholder agreements, agency and consulting agreements and lending agreements.

Chris’ practice includes providing transactional advice and negotiating sale and purchase of businesses and joint ventures.

Chris is a member of the Franchising Council of Australia and Taxation Institute of Australia.

Areas of Expertise

Key focus areas:

  • Franchising and licencing
  • Branding
  • Trade marks
  • Copyright and confidential information
  • Business structuring
  • Trade practices advice
  • Commercial leasing

Recent Articles by Chris Verebes

New compliance obligations for employers and franchisors

In brief The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Act) has now come into force and increases the exposure and legal responsibilities of employers and franchisors within their franchise system. What you need to know Penalties are steep. The...
22 September, 2017

Franchising and the Law

Are the days when you had no bargaining power with the franchisor a thing of the past? The Australian Government has long recognised the importance of the franchise industry to the small business community in Australia. To further promote growth...
27 January, 2017