Robert Toth

Robert Toth is franchise partner at Marsh & Maher. Robert is an accredited business law specialist, a member of the International Franchise Lawyers Association (IFLA), and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 
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When staff walk out with your trade secrets


Thanks for the memories, oh and your confidential information! What can you do when an employee walks out the door with your valuable knowledge? It seems a common occurrence these days.

Tips for foreign franchises setting up in Australia


What do overseas franchises need to consider before setting up in Australia? We recently acted for an overseas franchisor entering the Australian early learning and preschool play groups market. The business offers franchises

You can’t use that against me! What does the ‘without prejudice’ letter mean?


If a proposal or offer to settle a dispute is made on a ‘without prejudice’ basis-what does it really mean? The purpose of ‘without prejudice’ communication is to enable parties

7 ways to avoid misrepresentation


Franchisors have always had to operate under a regulated environment, but scrutiny has increased. We are still seeing continued cases in the media of franchisees alleging they were misled and

Terminating a franchise agreement: how to get it right


Facing the final curtain … said Frank Sinatra. Franchise agreements can and do end in all sorts of circumstances.

5 steps to understanding intellectual property as a franchise buyer


Franchises are all about building on the value of ideas, so people buying into a franchise need to be aware of their rights and obligations.