Sotos LLP

Toronto Office

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Sotos LLP is a leading Canadian law firm with particular expertise in franchising, licensing and distribution and class actions litigation.

Franchise Law:
As Canada’s leading franchising, licensing and distribution law firm, with over 20 legal professionals dedicated to the industry, Sotos LLP provides a comprehensive range of franchise law, corporate, private equity financing, commercial, litigation, intellectual property, employment and real estate services to franchisors. For over 40 years, Sotos LLP has been working with regional, national and international franchisors in every sector of the franchise industry from launch to exit including with their international expansion.

Sotos LLP has influenced the legal framework of the franchise industry. They are highly ranked and rated in the field of franchise law, including in Chambers, Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal Global and Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and Best Lawyers Global Business Edition and Legal Eagles.

Sotos LLP clients come from all sectors of franchising—automotive (both OEMs and dealership side), cannabis—cultivation and retail distribution, personal services, grocery retailing, distribution and manufacturing, professional services, home services, restaurants, hotel and motel franchising, and retail chains. Catering to Canadian and international clients from start-ups to established systems, Sotos LLP assists both international franchisors wishing to expand into Canada (and their counsel) and Canadian franchisors wishing to expand abroad.

Sotos LLP is known for having a full-service shop— they have trademark agents, labour and employment lawyers, real estate and leasing lawyers, corporate, including corporate financing, and commercial lawyers, litigation experts—all who operate in the franchise space and under Canada’s franchise legal framework.

Sotos LLP’s core belief is that franchising works best when it works for both parties. For franchisors, their approach is to promote system growth, expansion and positive relations with franchisees, all the while strategically advancing and protecting their business rights and interests. That is the approach their commercial lawyers take and it similarly frames the advice provided by their litigators, who are responsible for many of the precedent-setting decisions in franchising in Canada. Sotos LLP also assists both franchisors and franchisees to establish franchisee associations across many industries for the benefit of their systems. Lawyers from some of Canada’s largest law firms regularly retain them to assist them with franchising matters affecting their clients.

Class Actions:
Sotos Class Actions is a recognised leader in class action litigation in Canada. Sotos Class Actions’ team take on complex and challenging class actions across all industries, and prosecute them to conclusion. They act for consumers and businesses - large groups who have been wronged by major corporations or government.

Class action litigation requires a depth of resources and a breadth of experience. With a highly experienced team of professionals, Sotos Class Actions match resources against the largest defence firms in the country. Unlike firms or professionals that have expertise in narrow practice areas, Sotos Class Actions have expertise across numerous subject-areas. They are also leaders in those areas, as opposed to just generalists. They take active roles in prosecuting the litigation to the end. They win challenging certification motions, prosecute difficult summary judgment motions, take cases to trial, and take appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada if need be.

Sotos Class Actions cases have been at the forefront of the development of the law in diverse areas including employment (wage and hour litigation), antitrust (Competition Act), privacy, consumer protection and franchising and distribution.

Sotos Class Actions is highly ranked by the leading legal publications, Chambers and Lexpert.