A franchisee was looking to open a new location for their business in a yet-to-be-built strip mall. The negotiating parties would include the developer, franchisor, and franchisee. The franchise agreement stipulated what types of businesses could be adjacent to the client’s business. The franchisee and franchisor also wanted the developer to provide environmental testing and indemnification defense to environmental issues after the testing.
Hamilton Law managed negotiations with the franchisor and the developer for the franchisee with all concerned parties. By respecting and understanding the other parties’ objectives, while also effectively advocating for her client, Hamilton Law was able to navigate to the legal middle ground that was acceptable to all concerned parties.
The franchisor relaxed the lease terms so that the developer would have more leeway for bringing other types of businesses to the strip mall, and the developer agreed to provide environmental testing and provide indemnification defense to environmental issues after the testing.