Commercial law

Commercial legal services

If its related to contracts, company structuring or business compliance – it’s our bag, baby. We do the day to day contracts which keep your business ticking, but we’re also experts in commercial transactions big and small including investor readiness.



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Client Terms
R6 950.00
Commercial Lease Agreement
R7 400.00
Company Registration – Non Profit Company
R6 950.00
Company Registration – Proprietary Limited (Pty Ltd)
R3 500.00
Joint Venture Agreement – Incorporated
R9 800.00
Joint Venture Agreement – Unincorporated
R6 950.00
Legal Consultation
R1 550.00
Letter of Demand
R5 700.00
Manufacturer Agreement
R9 000.00
Memorandum of Understanding
R6 450.00
Service Level Agreement (Standard)
R7 750.00
Shareholders Agreement (Simple)
R9 000.00

A new way of doing law

We do law differently. We’re bringing law to businesses in a way that works for you: easy, accessible, and affordable. We recognise that there is a new way that businesses operate, and that requires a new approach to delivering legal services. We are a customer-centric service provider, focused on delivering services the way you want to receive them. What does this mean practically? We aim to not just solve a single legal need, but instead manage a range of legal risks in an affordable way by leveraging tech solutions such as contract lifecycle management, fast turnaround times, digital signatures, signatory management, obligation management and clear workflows.

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Questions for a commercial lawyer

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.

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.

What is commercial law?

Commercial law generally refers to laws regulating business transactions including contracts, partnerships, and various commercial transactions. In the South African context, we refer specifically to our common law and statutory regulations. These legislations address various issues such as consumer protection, corporate governance, and competition to name a few. Understanding and adhereing to these laws is crucial for a business to operate legally and ethicaly within the South African commercial landscape.

Why do I need a commercial lawyer?

Everyday your business may be entering into contracts, creating protectable properties, and undertaking various duties under the law. The difference between quick success and sustainable growth is managing these commercial arrangements in a clear and ordered manner. That’s where we come in. Legalese is fluent in the language of the law, and we understand the nuances and needs of business growth. We can assist you in ensuring your business is operating in a legal, efficient, and rick-averse manner. We can guide you through dealings with various forms of investment, managing relationships with clients, protecting shareholders, handling directors, or restructuring business entities to ensure you are making the most out of the resources available to you.

How experienced are your team?

Legalese boasts a highly seasoned team with extensive expertise in diverse legal domains. Everyone is an admitted attorney and we all hail from well-known and reputable medium to large-size firms.

Is Legalese for startups or large corporates?

No matter your business size or needs, we can offer you practical legal advice, tools, and guidance. We offer user-friendly legal products and packages designed specifically for businesses at any stage of their growth journey.

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.

The correct entity might need to be registered for your intended business or your business might require a specific license to operate. The rights and responsibilities of shareholders, co-founders, or partners should be expressly agreed upon in writing to avoid unnecessary conflict in the future. If you participate in creating intellectual property then it is vital that your ownership is protected. You may offer a great service with genuine intentions but do you understand what happens if things go wrong? Formalising your legal affairs is an investment in your business which seperates the hipsters from the professionals. Much the same as investing in marketing can yeild signigicant returns, so can investing in legal services.

Why not just use 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.

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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