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Darrell  Jarvis

Darrell Jarvis

Partner Fasken
It’s crucial for franchisors to carefully consider their options when structuring approaches to site development.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1989
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Darrell Jarvis’s business law practice is focused on franchising, leasing, construction and mergers and acquisitions. Specializing in the hospitality and retail sectors, Darrell has extensive experience drafting and reviewing franchise agreements, disclosure documents, default enforcement, and insolvent franchisees, as well as the purchase and sale of franchised businesses.

Darrell frequently advises clients in co-branding franchised businesses and in the acquisition and divestiture of a number of companies with large franchise systems. Darrell’s leasing experience is focused primarily in ground and build-to-suit leases for free-standing buildings, big box centres, street front locations, airports, hospitals and universities.
Beyond his franchising expertise, Darrell also acts for owners and contractors, drafting construction documents, negotiating the resolution of disputes and advising on health and safety matters. He has drafted construction agreements for hospital, railroad, churches, restaurants, and other commercial facilities.

Prior to joining Fasken, Darrell held executive positions at Cara Operations Limited, leading the Legal, Franchising, Real Estate Development, Construction and Design Departments. Cara is the operator and franchisor of Swiss Chalet, Montana's, Kelsey's, Harvey's, Milestones, and formerly, Second Cup, and was a multi-unit franchisee of several national brands including Tim Hortons and Outback Steakhouse.

Darrell’s expertise has been recognized by both the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Chambers Global.

  • Recognized for Franchising (Canada), Chambers Canada 2016 to 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Canada for Franchise Law, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 to 2019
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Franchise Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018
2016 to 2019 Chambers Canada Recognized for Franchising (Canada) Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Franchise Law


  • M.B.A. Schulich School of Business, York University
  • LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA Queen's University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Program Coordinator, Ontario Bar Association, Franchise Law Section Executive
  • Vice-Chair and Secretary, Canadian Franchise Association Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Advisory Board Member, Practical Law (Thomson Reuters)
  • Member, Canadian Franchise Association Legislation and Regulations Sub-Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
Keep Calm and Franchise On: Crisis Management in Franchise Systems 15th Annual Franchise Law Conference, Ontario Bar Association location location Toronto
Preserving the Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship: Exploring the Duties of Fair Dealing and Good Faith Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2015, Introduction To Franchise Law in Ontario location location Toronto
Lawyer Conduct Disclosed: Potential Liability of Franchise Counsel for Failure to Comply with Franchise Disclosure Requirements 14th Annual Franchise Law Conference, Ontario Bar Association location location Toronto


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