Labour and employment legal services

Labour legal services

A business is as good as its people. Our labour lawyers work with a unique blend of law and HR to ensure that our approach to labour contracts, policies and procedures suits your company’s culture.



VAT excl. T&C’s apply

Attending Disciplinary Hearing
From R3 100.00
Disciplinary code and procedure
R9 800.00
Drafting section 189 notices
R3 900.00
Employee Code of Conduct and Workplace Policy
R7 750.00
Employee Leave Policy
R4 650.00
Employment Agreement
R6 400.00
Fixed-Term Employment Agreement
R6 400.00
Harassment Policy
R6 400.00
HR Handbook
R13 050.00
Intern Agreement
R6 150.00
Legal Consultation
R1 550.00
Letter of Demand
R5 700.00
Mutual Separation Agreement
R7 850.00
Notice of Disciplinary Inquiry
R4 650.00
Part-time employment contracts
R6 400.00
Remote Work Policy
R6 500.00

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 labour 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 labour law?

Labour law, also known as employment law, encompasses the legal framework governing the relationship between employers and employees. It addresses issues and disputes that may arise from employment contracts, working conditions, wages, benefits, and workplace safety. Key aspects include dispute resolution, and compliance with regulations to ensure fair and equitable treatment of workers.

Why do I need a labour lawyer?

Engaging a labour lawyer is crucial for various reasons, especially in navigating the complexities of employment law. A skilled labour lawyer can provide legal advice and representation to safeguard your interests as an employer. They assist in contract negotiation, address workplace disputes, ensure compliance with labor regulations, and offer guidance on issues like termination, discrimination, or harassment. Having a labour lawyer enhances legal compliance, mitigates risks, and helps resolve employment-related matters effectively.

What is the difference between labour law and HR?

Labour law and Human Resources (HR) management are distinct yet interconnected fields. Labour law focuses on the legal framework governing employer-employee relationships, encompassing statutes, regulations, and legal rights. HR, on the other hand, is a broader discipline involving personnel management, employee relations, recruitment, training, and policy implementation.

Labour law sets the legal boundaries within which HR operates. HR professionals apply these legal principles to create and maintain a positive work environment, ensuring compliance with labour laws. While labour law is a legal framework, HR is a strategic function that integrates legal compliance with organisational goals to effectively manage and develop the workforce.

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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