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Racha Abboud

principal lawyer, commercial

meet Racha

about Racha

Racha brings acumen to commercial legal advice and as a specialist franchise lawyer works closely with a wide range of franchising clients both within Australia and internationally.

Combining professionalism with a down-to-earth approach, no matter is too small or too much trouble. She takes the time to learn every aspect of her clients’ businesses so she can deliver practical and commercial solutions.

Racha works with clients who operate in various industries, including food and retail, fitness, pharmacy, automotive and real estate. She delivers tailored and easy to understand advice. She enjoys the way franchising crosses everything in the commercial law space, offering different scale and different perspectives, depending on the client. Working alongside her clients’, Racha is an extension of their current in-house legal team or their external in-house lawyer.

What Racha values the most is her relationships with her clients. She is known as an expert within her field and for her extensive network.

 “Franchising is so dynamic. You need to understand more than just the legal framework, you need to understand your client’s business and what you need to do to keep your client out of trouble.”

Areas of Expertise

buying and selling franchises
consumer and competition law and regulatory compliance
corporate governance and compliance
franchise start-ups, establishment and structure
franchise agreements and associated documentation
franchising code of conduct disclosure and compliance
licensing, supply and distribution arrangements
mediation and alternative dispute resolution

industries

franchising

leadership positions

member, nsw/act franchise council of australia committee
member and previous chairperson, women in franchising (fca) committee

recent experience

  • franchising fitness

    Racha worked with a start-up business in establishing a unique franchise system within the fitness sector. The solution incorporated two kinds of systems – a licensing system and a mobile/on demand system using an app. Bringing the two together involved lateral thinking, as there was nothing else like it on the market. As well as applying our franchise expertise, we called on lawyers from other practice areas, such as our intellectual property and tax teams to help establish a sustainable franchise framework.

    Racha has developed a franchising risk matrix which allows her to undertake a risk assessment and build a risk profile for franchisors, helping them identify areas at most risk in their systems and find workable solutions to help mitigate those risks.