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Anna Trist

Anna Trist is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer. Her particular focus is on franchising and licensing arrangements, disputes, and compliance. Anna's clients include numerous well-known Australian and international companies. She assists them with sensible legal and commercial solutions to franchising issues and general commercial advice. She has worked closely with franchisors, master franchisees and franchisees of almost 250 different franchising systems across a broad spectrum of industries.

Anna has an in-depth understanding of Australian franchising regulation and compliance. Her franchising experiences ranges from documenting new franchise systems and converting existing businesses to franchisees, assisting existing franchise systems with their commercial issues and assisting franchising parties to resolve disputes through negotiation and mediation. Anna's experience in the different levels of franchising has enabled her to understand it from the point of view of all parties and to provide sensible and practical commercial advice.

Anna collaborates with her clients to provide strategic commercial advice that assists her client's with sensible commercial solutions to their legal and business problems. Her breadth of experience across franchising issues at all levels and numerous industries has provided her with a unique set of skills and invaluable insight into commercial issues within the franchising sector, and the practical application of the legal advice she provides to her clients.

She has often presented on legal issues in franchising and general business transactions and has written numerous articles on the topic. Anna is a regular attendee at both the Franchise Council of Australia and other franchising industry events.

Anna was previously a lawyer at a full service corporate law firm that focused on franchising in a commercial and litigious context between 2005 and 2008. She also worked at a boutique city law firm focusing on litigation from 2004 to 2005.

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia™ for Franchise Law, 2023-2025

Anna regularly presents seminars and training which is aimed at new staff engaged by franchisors with little previous franchising experience or who are looking to update their skills. Ms. Trist has also presented on franchising and the sale/purchase of business each year at careers fairs for local councils and community groups.

Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • "Australia" International Franchising, Centre for International Legal Studies, JURIS, annual editions from 2nd edition (2011) to the latest 8th edition (2017)
  • "Australia" International Franchising, Centre for International Legal Studies, Yorkhill Law Publishing, 2010
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