Ivan Poole - Principal

Ivan Poole was admitted as a solicitor in New Zealand in 1965 and has practised at partnership level since that time in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Gold Coast Australia since August 1980.

Ivan has extensive experience in franchising, licensing, distribution and intellectual property for over 27 years acting for over 100 franchise systems.

Ivan is also vastly experienced in Dispute Resolution in franchising and other commercial matters and is an Accredited Mediator in Australia.


  • Creation of complete sets of documents compliant with the Franchising Code of Conduct for new franchise systems - both in Australia and overseas.
  • Advising Franchisors from inception through to successful sale.
  • Review of documentation and management of Contract of Sale for Franchisees buying and selling franchised businesses.
  • Dispute Resolution acting for both Franchisors and Franchisees to ensure a commercial solution to issues.
  • Mediation - Both as an Accredited Mediator and acting for parties to a mediation.
  • Trade marks - Ranging from registration to lodging objections to documentation and brokering trade mark co-existence and licensing arrangements.
  • Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Distribution and Licence Agreements for clients that do not wish to or are not required to Franchise.
  • Structuring - The basis of advice to Franchisors is structuring for present and future circumstances, including asset protection and exit strategies.

Ivan believes that any commercial requirement can be documented and the preparation of such documents across a broad range of legal areas is his main specialty.

Ivan has a speedy turnaround of documentation which is commercially important and operates at a high standard with up-to-date regulation compliant documentation that is also well accepted in the market place.

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