This edition of our Franchising Update includes the following articles:

- The recently announced review of the Franchising Code.

- The Pie Face dispute – misleading information or inadequate due diligence.

- Australian Consumer Law and hints for franchisors to minimise risks of unconscionable conduct allegations.

- Zamel's recent misleading conduct fine.

- The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's proceedings against Abel Rent A Car for inadequate disclosure in relation to advertised pricing.

- Changes to the National Names Register.

- Our international update which includes changes to franchise regulation in Indonesia and an example of adapting franchises to accommodate local customs.

Excerpt from Changes to the National Names Register:

McDonalds changed its signage at 13 stores across Australia to celebrate Australia Day and we have taken this opportunity to consider the process of registering a business name under the current law. This process affects nearly all businesses and it is an important part of all franchise systems which should be reviewed from time to time.

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