so why do you NOT want the franchise? It seems like you could make more of a success out of it than anyone else so why the negativity about this offer and you current job?
If you are right about the finances you should be able to buy out your boss for very little as your redundancy will cover an awful lot of the cost
Yes, you can sue the ex-boss but it will cost you a small fortune to do so and he is unlikely to have any assets that you can go after- everything will be in his cat's name.
Pyrrhic victory is the term.
Don't touch them owe me £500 since January 2019 make excuse after excuse. Seem they always have software problems sending money out. Keep saying they will call back or email nothing been chasing it now for 6 mths the phone staff always have the same banter we will chase it up and get back to you then nothing!