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Tony Wilson
Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson

Business Law Columnist

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Why so many franchisees fail

There are a number of reasons including undercapitalization, location, competition in the market and lack of due diligence.

Jul 08, 2014

Why new B.C. law makes a will more important than ever

Anyone who owns a small or medium-sized business, regardless of age or stake in the company, should give some serious thought to succession planning. Why? Because you never know when you're going to be hit by a wayward bus. That metaphorical bus could kill you; or worse, could leave you physically or mentally incapacitated

Apr 29, 2014

What happens when a brand becomes too iconic

On Mar. 17, the CBC reported on an elderly British Columbia couple who needed to replace their roof and used Sears Home Services for the work. The trouble was, Sears Canada had sold its long-standing home services division to a third-party in 2012, and that third-party subsequently went into receivership, owing more than $8.9-million to nearly 600 suppliers and contractors in Canada

Mar 20, 2014

What a sinking loonie means for franchising

In addition to the issue of withholdings tax payable on royalties paid to a non-Canadian, there are a few major issues that relate to currency, especially for prospective franchisees currently in negotiations to acquire a U.S., or other foreign-based franchise

Feb 04, 2014

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Vancouver franchise lawyer Tony Wilson practices franchising, licensing and intellectual property law. He is ranked as a leading Canadian franchise lawyer by LEXPERT and Who'sWho Legal, and he is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University.

Mr. Wilson is head of the Franchise Law Group at Boughton Law Corp. in Vancouver, and he acts for national and international franchisors, preparing agreements, disclosure documents and related documentation. He also helps franchisees, master franchisees and distributors negotiate their agreements, and he maintains one of the largest hotel, restaurant and hospitality industry practices in Western Canada.

Mr. Wilson is the author of Buying a Franchise in Canada: Understanding and Negotiating your Franchise Agreement, a guide for those seeking to acquire a franchised business. He is also the author of Manage Your Online Reputation, a book written to guide individuals and businesses on how to monitor and protect their personal and corporate reputations on social media. He regularly speaks and writes about franchising, intellectual property and online reputation law to industry groups and media outlets.

In addition to his franchise practice, Mr. Wilson advises clients on intellectual property matters such as software and technology licensing, and on all aspects of trademark, copyright, trade secrets, confidentiality, privacy law and online reputation management law.

The views expressed in his columns are strictly those of Mr. Wilson and do not reflect the opinions of the Law Society of British Columbia or any other organization.

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