legalese noun 1. the formal and technical language of legal documents.
,li:gɘ’li:z/ informal “the typed pages were full of confusing legalese”
Legalese is a creative legal agency which has redesigned legal services to suit creative, start-up, and tech-based businesses by making them accessible, affordable and understandable.
Traditionally, lawyers are called to fix problems. Legalese looks at law differently – utilizing modern technology and innovative thinking to tailor-make legal solutions that suit your business and prevent problems occurring in the first place. Our belief is that lawyers are best used prophylactically.
We are not a law firm. Do not call us when you get arrested. We are here for one thing – to take care of your business’ legal needs so you can focus on what you do best; your vision and your business.
Our approach to legal services comes from a mix of practice in corporate law firms, years of experience in the South African creative sector and a background in running start-ups. In this way, we speak the language of creativity as well as the legalese of the law.
Legalese's founder and director, Eitan is a practising attorney with a background in commercial and entertainment law and tech entrepreneurship. Eitan has worked with sectors across the board, from creative, advertising and media, to educational, non-profit and technology industries.
Reneesha is an admitted attorney specialising in commercial law, with a background in litigation. She works with creative businesses and start-ups, to assist them to manage commercial relationships, reduce risk, solve organisational problems and prophylactically avoid disputes. Reneesha has an eye for detail, combined with a comprehensive understanding of the bigger picture, turning grand ideas into business methodologies.
Steph is a practising attorney licensed in South Africa and New York with a background in media and commerce. He specialises in intellectual property law, with his expertise including trade mark searches, filing, prosecution and litigation; open source licensing; advertising law; counterfeit goods; domain name disputes and IP-related commercial agreements. Steph focuses on tech trends, with a fascination with data science, blockchain and crypto developments.
Legalese's paralegal and brand manager, Catherine focuses on music and tech trends, legal research and drafting, royalty administration and legal applications, registrations and licensing.
An admitted attorney with a global firm background, Thomas brings regulation and compliance expertise to Legalese, with a specialisation in burgeoning industries utilising emerging data technologies and online systems. With his unique understanding of both technology and the law combined with a focus on creating a bespoke and solutions-driven service, compliance becomes straightforward, understandable and relevant.
Legalese's Operations Manager, Angi has an eye for processes, productivity and efficiency. Angi takes care of the bulk of our non-legal operations, from marketing to company secretarial work to the everyday running of Legalese's systems and everything in between. She keeps all our ducks in a row and ensures smooth sailing, no matter the weather.
Yvonne is a senior commercial lawyer with international experience. She has worked in the UK and South Africa with both emerging and growing start-ups in sectors ranging from fashion, travel to education and fin-tech: and everything in between. Yvonne enjoys working as an integral part of businesses, guiding them from the germination of an idea through to the foundations of corporate governance, structuring legal and commercial risk, all the way to managing investor funding, and beyond.
Phillip is an aviation law expert and commercial pilot, with over a decade of experience in the aviation industry as flight crew and airline director, and the author of South Africa's authoritative drone textbook. Phillip's unique combination of legal knowledge and practical experience enables him to deliver a specialized set of skills to the aviation industry.
Artists, Creatives and Musicians
Over the past decade, the South African creative sector has grown into a thriving industry where musicians, artists, performers, sportsmen and filmmakers have turned their hobbies into professions. This progression did not happen by chance – it’s come about as a result of serious artists, investing time and effort into the business behind their art, as well as into the art itself.Read More
Starting your own business can be exciting, nerve racking and difficult. You understand how your product works and why it’s a game changer. Yet there are so many elements that feel out of your control: Are you supposed to register a company and pay tax? How do you protect your interests and make sure everything is done by the book? What should you do to ensure good and sustainable relationships with your partners?Read More
Growing and Established Businesses
So you started a little project from your bedroom three summers ago now suddenly you have a fully operational business, overheads to cover, two employees to pay and investors who are keeping an eye on your business growth. You never imagined it would get to this point. There is clearly some housekeeping to do because this business is going places.Read More
Tailormade Legal Solutions
You have a business idea, but there is some red tape to climb. Maybe its visa related. Maybe you want to protect your idea from being stolen. Perhaps you’ve come up with a method to innovate your industry and you’re wondering whether it is legal. You could have come to a disagreement with your business partner and you need some help to sort your differences. Perhaps you don’t know what you need, but you know you need something.Read More
Start-Up Compliance and Regulation Service
Whether you are an international company looking to start operations in South Africa, or a local enterprise seeking to ensure your business adheres with your industry’s rules and regulations, your operations need to be legal and compliant. Keeping things above board increases efficiency, improves reputational reliability, and keeps unpredictable regulators at bay.Read More
Aviation Legal Services
In little over 100 years, the aviation industry has moved from delicate wood and fabric aircraft to fully autonomous aerial vehicles. To keep our skies safe, legislation has had to keep up with these advances, making modern aviation law a highly complex and specialized field.
Trade Mark and other Intellectual Property Services
You’re starting a brand, it’s just about to take off, but you’re not sure what other similar brands are out there. Maybe you’ve been investing in your brand for years and you want to make sure its valuable reputation is protected. Or, it’s too late, and someone’s gone and stolen your idea or logo and their products are being mistaken for yours.Read More
Free Trade Mark Check
As a first step towards securing your trade mark, we’ll do a free check for you to see if your exact chosen word or phrase may be available. We will then send you our results and more information on the registration process.
What is Legalese?
Just to be clear, while Legalese is run by lawyers, it is not a law firm. Legalese is a creative legal agency designed specifically to service the creative and small business sector. By not registering as a law firm, Legalese is able to steer clear of the regulations and requirements of traditional law firms as well as many of the expenses involved.Read More
Why do businesses need lawyers?
If you’re running a fly-by-night business or a project in your spare time, then you don’t want to waste your money on legal fees. However if you have a vision, if you are putting your money on the line and are taking your work seriously, then ensuring your legal affairs are in order is imperative.Read More
Creatives and start-ups have no money, how can they afford legal fees?
Simply enough, we believe this to be a fallacy. Creatives are often freelancers. This means that their earnings can be irregular, but not that they earn poorly. Many creatives offer a professional service and can charge adequate fees in return.Read More
Why not use just any lawyers?
Traditionally, lawyers are expensive, intimidating and litigious. They charge per minute, have a financial interest in taking your matter to court and while they understand the law and look great in a three-piece suit, for the most part, they do not understand you or your industry.Read More
What about online legal resources?
Do you drink real coffee or are you satisfied with instant? Do you use a professional designer who understands your concept or is ilovelogos.com good enough for your business?Read More
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Prices are a guideline only and are subject to changes depending on specific requirements.
Services are available individually.
Email us directly at info@legalese for other services.
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