Team Legalese

Legalese is not a law firm. We are a creative legal agency which has redesigned legal services to suit the creative industry, music industry, tech companies and startups. We celebrate invention above convention, ideas above amenability. This isn’t just lip service – everything from our approach to clients and the law, to our office and our working environment reflects this. Our team is dedicated to this vision. We think creatively and may act unconventionally while still maintaining extreme professionalism and excellence. We have a fun time, keep a sustainable work-life balance and wear comfortable shoes while doing it.

Open Applications:

Tech Lawyer

Legalese is Hiring!

We’re looking to hire a full-time tech lawyer to join our Cape Town team. A senior attorney at the forefront of the tech space in South Africa. A real tech-law nerd who’s sick of the atmosphere of a traditional firm and who personifies our value of ‘smart casual’.

Our dream candidate is an ambitious and smart tech lawyer who can really take us as a company into the position of being one of the top tech firms in SA. Someone who takes initiative and doesn’t require a huge amount of management. We’re looking for a lawyer who’s lovely to be around, loves startups businesses and has a passion for helping clients succeed. We’re looking for someone who doesn’t just want a job, but wants to have conviction in their work and contribute towards building something great that they’re proud of.

On the Legalese team, we value work/life balance – we like to work hard during the day and try to kick off early for a run or a swim before dinner. We like being lawyers, but we especially love being human. We read up about the industries we work in, we enjoy free concert tickets and we don’t bring boiled eggs to the office.

If we like each other, you’ll have the opportunity to work directly with inspiring clients, diversify your skill-set and meaningfully contribute to this ever-evolving business.

Who are we?

Legalese is a creative legal agency that has redesigned legal services to suit creative, start-up, and tech-based businesses by making them accessible, affordable and understandable. Our mission is to contribute to the growth of the South African economy by helping all businesses to grow legally and safely.

Who are you?

You’re on the forefront of the tech industry with an in-depth knowledge, network and understanding of tech and the tech ecosystem in South Africa and abroad. Your tech and business e-magazines jostle for top stops on your reading list, and you’re kicking yourself for not getting into Solano sooner (or are you?). You’re entrepreneurial in nature and always keen to see additional value from additional work.

If you feel you have ideas around the intersection of law and tech, but don’t have the foundation to launch from, we need to talk.

Also:

  1. An admitted attorney
  2. A minimum of 1-2 years of post-articles tech law experience
  3. A good understanding of data-compliance laws such as POPI and GDPR – a global understanding is a bonus
  4. Understanding of regulatory framework for fintech and e-commerce generally – an understanding of other regulatory frameworks, such as edutech, medtech or others is a bonus
  5. Competent at legal research and engaging with regulators;
  6. Competent writer – legal memos, terms and conditions, opinions and possibly blog articles on legal topics
  7. An interest in client relations
  8. An existing network of clients, colleagues and partners is a definite bonus
  9. Strong computer literacy and familiar with enterprise management software such as Xero, Slack, Trello and others

How do you apply?

Head over to: https://bit.ly/3pzxuap and complete the application form.

A few things you can prepare in advance:

  1. Your CV, highlighting the job requirements and including at least two past employment references.
  2. A cover letter so we can get a sense of the applicant relative to our strong company culture, including the position in the subject line and your residential address.
  3. If you’re keen to supercharge your application and really stand out from the crowd – leave a 3-minute video of yourself telling us why you’re the perfect fit for the position, and for Legalese.

Network Lawyers (Ongoing)

We’re looking for network lawyers!

If you are a lawyer who has left mainstream practice but are still looking for an income generated from your particular skill set, without losing your freedom, then we are looking for you!

Legalese is a creative legal agency that has redesigned legal services to suit creative, start-up, and tech-based businesses by making them accessible, affordable and understandable. Our mission is to contribute to the growth of the South African economy by helping all businesses to grow legally and safely. 

In addition to our core business, Legalese operates as a network of highly-skilled, specialised lawyers. This allows us to retain people who are at the top of their fields, while affording them the flexibility to pursue other goals and interests. We provide you with a broad range of resources from the use of our offices to marketing and sales management.

The characteristics of network lawyers at Legalese is:

  • the ability to operate independently and autonomously;
  • an interest and ability to run your own department; or
  • comfortable with managing your own mini-practice, including client management.

If this sounds like you, then be sure to head over here and add yourself to our Network Lawyer Database – https://legalese.co.za/network-lawyer-application/

Intern Bloggers (Ongoing)

Intern Bloggers

While Legalese does not run any intern programs, we do offer guest blogging.

This opportunity provides you with a platform to write an article on an interesting legal topic, which we will post to our popular blog that is viewed by thousands of visitors monthly. This is a benefit to your career as you will receive all the relevant credit, and your contribution can be added to your CV. You never know, perhaps your article catches the eye of a prospective employer, or gives us an opportunity to get to know you.

We will also set you up with one of the lawyers on our team who will mentor you in writing your article so that you can improve your writing skills and produce the best possible piece of work.

If you’re interested, then let us know and we’ll get you set up.

Contact Us


190A Buitengracht St
Bo Kaap
Cape Town
8000