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Toronto, ON  M5H 3C2

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Ontario, 2008


LL.B., University of Windsor, 2007

B.A. (Hons), University of Western Ontario, 2004

Frank Robinson


"Highly efficient and always provides practical advice."
Client Testimonial, Who's Who Legal

Frank Robinson is a partner in the Business Law and Franchise Law Groups.

He practises business law, with a focus on franchising, licensing, distribution and intellectual property. Frank also provides counsel on mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate, commercial and contractual matters.

Frank advises Canadian and international companies on all matters relating to franchising, licensing and distribution including structuring and expansion strategies, legal and regulatory issues, contract drafting and negotiation, intellectual property, and in particular, compliance with Canadian franchise disclosure legislation. Frank has worked with a broad range of product and service distribution, franchise and retail companies, from local start-ups to international and global corporations, and in industries as diverse as financial services, oil and gas, energy, apparel, consumer goods, automotive, telecommunications, food and beverage, software and robotics, childcare and education, commercial and residential services, hospitality and hotels, personal and fitness services, construction and technical services, health and elder care, cannabis, and others.

Frank strives to provide real-time and practical advice on Canadian franchise law, including on matters relating to the following:

  • Drafting and updating of franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents for single unit or area development, master franchising, joint-venture franchising and other expansion programs
  • Negotiating all manner of franchise agreements and domestic and international franchise transactions
  • Adaptation of foreign franchise documentation and franchise programs for use in Canada 
  • Advising on the purchase and sale of individual franchises, and franchise systems as a whole
  • Formulation and implementation of system-wide or unit-specific franchise disclosure strategies
  • Advising on franchise system changes and franchise relationship management
  • Providing legal compliance training and ongoing advisory functions throughout all stages of franchise expansion
  • Advising on refranchising and buy-back transactions for franchise units
  • Managing and advising on franchise disputes

Frank Robinson is listed as a leading practitioner in the area of Franchise Law by Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers. He received a Lexpert "Rising Star" award, honouring Canada's leading lawyers under 40, in 2017.

Client Commentary

  • "Extremely responsive, very pragmatic and very knowledgeable about franchise law." – Chambers Canada (Franchising)
  • “Clients appreciate his ‘approachable style’ and find him ‘highly knowledgeable’ and ‘very time-responsive.’” – Chambers Canada (Franchising)


  • Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2017)
  • Chambers Canada 2018 (Franchising)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2014–2017 (Franchise)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016-2018 (Franchise Law)
  • Franchise Times, "Legal Eagle" (2016)
  • Associate Editor for Canada for the International Journal of Franchising Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
Publications, Newsletters and Articles Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - February 2018

It’s That Time Of Year Again! Does Your Canadian Franchise Disclosure Document Need Annual Updating?

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - October 2017

Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Amendments to Franchise Legislation

The Ontario Labour Relations Board Opens the Door to Franchisee Unionization in the Canada Bread Certification Case

The Ontario Labour Relations Board Opens the Door to Franchisee Unionization in the Canada Bread Certification Case

Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Amendments to its Franchise Legislation

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - May 2017

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - January 2017

Are You Ready for British Columbia’s New Franchise Law? Does Your Canadian Franchise Disclosure Document Need Annual Updating?

Introducing Our Newest Partner, Stéphane Teasdale

The Countdown is Over: Ontario’s Healthy Menu Choices Act is in Force

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - November 2016

British Columbia’s Franchises Act: New Disclosure Requirements

The Table Is Set: Ontario’s Healthy Menu Choices Act Regulations

Cassels Brock Contributes To Response To The Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report

British Columbia Releases Regulations for Franchises Act

Ontario Court Imposes New Disclosure Requirement Prohibiting the Common Practice of Determining Location After Signing a Franchise Agreement

Ontario to Permit Electronic Delivery of Franchise Disclosure Documents Starting July 1, 2016

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - April 2016

Ontario Releases Regulation under Healthy Menu Choices Act, and Franchisors Are At Risk!

Alberta Government Canvasses Input on Franchise Disclosure Financial Statement Exemption Requirement

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events