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8 May 2024

Business Franchise Australia features DMAW Lawyers' Seva Surmei - May 2024

DMAW Lawyers' franchise law expert Seva Surmei recently featured in Business Franchise Australia with her article "What you need to know about the Franchising Code of Conduct review".

In her article, Seva discusses potential regulatory changes shaping Australia's franchising industry, including proposed reforms to the Franchising Code of Conduct, recommendations for enhancing transparency and compliance and offers valuable guidance for navigating the evolving landscape.

Check out the full article via Business Franchise Australia to stay informed, prepare for change, and ensure your business remains resilient in the face of regulatory updates.


Our franchise lawyers represent both franchisors and franchisees with Adelaide-based, national and international operations in a range of industries, including financial services, real estate, hospitality and retail. We are a trusted long-term adviser to many iconic Adelaide-based and South Australian franchisors, regularly assisting in-house legal teams, risk and compliance teams, management and boards with their operational needs and significant projects.

If you’re a start-up franchisor, we’ll advise you about establishing franchise structures, and produce all the documents needed to commence your franchising business. We’ll also help you comply with the Franchising Code of Conduct and other specialist laws.

Principal Seva Surmei leads our franchise law team. Seva was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for Franchise Law in the Adelaide area in 2024 and 2022, an accolade which is only awarded to a single lawyer in each practice area and jurisdiction. Seva was also recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 2025 for her work in Franchise Law.

Find out more about how our expert franchise law team can assist your business here.


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