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Racha Abboud

principal lawyer, commercial

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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.”

“Racha is great to work with. She genuinely cares about her clients and always takes the time to check in. Professionally she is upfront, direct, and tells you what you need to know to handle a situation. Even if you disagree, she is great at outlining all the risks whilst respecting your own thoughts on the matter. Really enjoy working with Racha and she is my go-to for all Franchising related questions!

Therese Frangie, COO, Mad Mex

“Racha is exceptionally talented. She is the right level of highly specialised and technically skilled lawyer, balanced with a strong sense of commercial acumen. Racha is always well informed, logical, and totally transparent in her approach and attitude. It is evident she has only her clients’ very best interests in mind when giving pragmatic legal advice”

Dominika Maciaszek, Head of Legal, Pizza Pan Group (Australian Pizza Hut franchisor)

“I rely heavily upon Racha’s franchising expertise to guide me in my advice and recommendations to the business and the board. I appreciate her common sense approach and her ability to stress test commercial drivers against legal framework to devise a simple and cost effective outcome. I can always rely upon Racha to keep me updated about movements or changes in the franchising space. She is often ahead of the curve in reaching out with ad hoc, un promoted advice relevant to GYG’s business…”

Danielle Keys, General Counsel – Head of Legal, Guzman y Gomez

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

awards

finalist, partner of the year for commercial,
lawyers weekly, 2020

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.

  • Systems Overhaul

    In acting for a national food franchisor, Racha has had to provide extensive advice around the franchisor’s obligations under the Franchising Code of Conduct and in particular, marketing fund requirements in light of the recent judgement in ACCC v Ultra Tune. The challenge she faced in “but this is how we have always done it” meant that she needed to provide the client with more than just extensive advice on the risks associated with not adopting the required changes. She had to work through with the client what it would mean for the business and the network overall if the consequences of those risks came to fruition. Getting any organisation to change and overhaul their systems is no easy feat, however by providing extensive specialist advice and becoming a trusted advisor ensured that Racha could implement those changes successfully.

  • Balancing Act

    Racha acted for a large group of disenchanted franchisees who were effectively the forgotten children in a newly formed relationship between their franchisor and another franchisor. Franchisees of a large beauty chain, the franchisees were left to their own devices, with minimal support and guidance from their franchisor. Acting for a large group of franchisees requires a fine balancing act in that Racha needed to ensure everyone’s interests were being served and the best outcomes for each party were achieved. Conflict is easy to arise and challenging to deal with when such a large group of people are involved. Racha was required to exercise due care whilst at the same time ensuring that each of her clients’ interests were looked after and achieved.