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Lawyers for startups, tech and creatives

legalese noun 1. the formal and technical language of legal documents.
,li:ge’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.

Our Services

No matter your entrepreneurial needs, Legalese can offer you practical legal advice, tools and guidance on the best way to build your business. We offer user-friendly legal products and packages designed specifically for businesses that have just started, companies that are maturing, and enterprises seeking expansion and investment, across all kinds of industries – creative, tech and start-up, education, non-profit and more. Legalese has access to a network of experienced attorneys, accountants, consultants and strategists who can assist with any legal or business-related

issues you may encounter on your road to success. While legal services are traditionally old-fashioned, Legalese looks at law differently, utilizing modern technology and innovative thinking to construct legal solutions that suit you and your business. We charge set fees which are appropriate to your business size – not the ever growing amounts determined by lawyers “billable hours”. We offer quick and professional service – so that you know what you are getting and when you will get it.

Pricing

New Businesses
Consultation
Free
Company registration
R2 099.00
Shareholders Agreement (Simple)
R5 499.00
Terms of Engagement
R4 250.00
Franchise Agreement
R7 999.00
Independent Contractor Agreement
R3 799.00
Growing Businesses
Consultation
Free
Employment Agreement
R3 899.00
Shareholders Agreement (Standard)
R7 499.00
Loan Agreement
R5 499.00
Commercial lease Agreement
R4 499.00
Legal Roadmapping Session
R1 500.00
Letter of Demand
R3 499.00
The Music Industry
Consultation
Free
Band Member Agreement
R4 499.00
Collaboration Agreement
R3 950.00
Performance Booking Contract
R3 499.00
Creative Agencies
Consultation
Free
Client Terms of Engagement
R4 250.00
Content Licensing Agreement
R4 499.00
Performance Booking Contract
R3 499.00
Shareholders Agreement (Simple)
R5 499.00
Influencer Agreement
R3 950.00
Freelancers
Consultation
Free
Client Terms of Engagement
R4 250.00
Content Release or Usage Agreement
R4 499.00
Social Enterprises and Non-Profits
Consultation
Free
Non-Profit Company Registration
R4 250.00
S18A Application (Public Benefit Organisation)
R9 699.00
Directors Employment Agreement
R3 899.00
Trade Mark Registrations
Consultation
Free
Limited Search
R1 999.00
Trade Mark Registration (first class)
R3 299.00
POPI Compliance
POPI-compliant Privacy and Personal Information Policy
R8 199.00
Combined Website Policy - GDPR-compliant
R8 999.00
Company Secretarial
Annual Return Submission
R1 999.00
Change of Directors
R1 099.00
Personal Liability Company
R3 099.00
Company Name Change
R1 599.00
Labour Services
Fixed-Term Employment Agreement
R3 899.00
Disciplinary Code and Procedure
R5 999.00
Drafting Grievance Procedure
R2 399.00
Mutual Separation Agreement
R4 799.00
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Retainer Packages

Pay annually and save 5%

Start UpR1 500.00/month OperationalR5 000.00/month ComprehensiveR15 000.00/month BespokePOA
VALUE R1 900.00 worth
of legal spend
(hours of product)
R7 600.00 worth
of legal spend
(hours of product)
R19 000.00 worth
of legal spend
(hours of product)
Built to individual
client requirements
CALLS AND CONSULTATIONS At your request
DOCUMENT REVIEWS At your request
LEGAL ADVICE At your request
AGREEMENTS DRAFTING At your request
FREE LEGAL ROADMAPPING At your request
APPLICATIONS At your request
PRIORITY SERVICE
OUT OF RETAINER DISCOUNT 10% 10% 15% TBD
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Services are available individually.
Email us directly at info@legalese for other services.

Prices are a guideline only and are subject to changes depending on specific requirements.
VAT excl.

Some Questions

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.

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The advantage of this is that it keeps our costs down – which in turn keeps our fees down. Moreover, it means that we can direct our full attention to offering only those legal services which creative businesses and startups need. In this way, Legalese is no different to any other creative business. We are trained lawyers who noticed a way to innovate legal services by making them accessible, creative and cheaper. So while we don’t have the word ‘incorporated’ on our company name, we do have competent legal minds with experience in the creative industry and running start-ups. Just as you do your business differently, so do we.

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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.

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The correct entity needs to be registered. You may need a license to operate. The rights and responsibilities of shareholders or partners need to be agreed upon and put into writing to avoid conflict. If you make music, take photographs or create content, you need to ensure your ownership is protected. Similarly, if your business is to promote and sell other people’s art or talent, you need to make sure you have the right to do so and are protected. You may offer a great service with genuine intentions, but what happens if things go wrong? Cape Town’s creative sector has taken a step up. The projects are international, the money is significant and the consequences are real. Formalizing your legal affairs is an investment in your business which separates the hipsters from the professionals. Much the same as investing in marketing can yield significant returns, so can investing in legal services.

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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.

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Legal services need not cost more than any other business service. Spending money on legal services should be seen as an investment in your business. A service agreement designed specifically for you may be sent out hundreds of times each year – if you think in the long-term, legal fees start to become affordable. For the same price as a dinner and a music festival ticket, you can ensure your business is protected for years to come.

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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.

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Lawyers do not have the reputation of being approachable. You, as a business owner in the creative or tech industry, probably aren’t too keen to approach the first attorney you happened to Google, for an unknown amount of money, to draw up contracts that you don’t even know you want or need. Legalese is different from traditional law firms. We are not a law firm, we a creative legal agency. Our approach to law comes from years of experience in the South African creative sector and a background in operating start-ups. You will not have to explain how a tech rider works or why it is important to keep overheads lean during the winter seasons. We speak the language of creativity as well as the legalese of the law.

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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?

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As an example, a contract is a record of the agreement between two parties, protected by law. Your business model is different from your competitors which makes your legal requirements different too. Every single term of a contract is binding on you and thus your contracts need to reflect exactly what you are doing and not just more or less what you are doing. Legal services are not one size fits all and cannot be cookie cut. Online services do not understand your business, your realistic concerns and your industry. Legalese does.

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190A Buitengracht St
Bo Kaap
Cape Town
8000
3rd Floor, 2 Merchant Place 
Cnr Fredman Dr & Rivonia Rd 
Sandton
2196
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