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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.

Legalese is a creative legal agency that has redesigned legal services to suit creatives, start-ups, and tech-based businesses by making what we do accessible, affordable and understandable.

We are a team of lawyers who specialise in the needs of innovators and are consistently seeking ways to better bridge the gap between emerging industries and the law.

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.

Eitan Stern, Founder

Eitan is a commercial and entertainment lawyer, and the director and founder of Legalese. With a background in law, and years of experience in the tech and entrepreneurship space, Eitan started Legalese upon realising that there was a space in the market for a legal agency that was accessible to everyday business owners.

Thomas Reisenberger

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.

Reneesha Davidton

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.

Stephan Viollier

Steph is a practising attorney licensed in both South Africa and New York with a background in media and commerce. He specialises in intellectual property law, focusing on trade marks, international copyright and technology licenses.

Yvonne Lazarowicz

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.

Legalese provides a range of legal services that are bespoke and offer value for money, suited to any business size. Legalese services tech companies at all stages of their development - from the initial incorporation of an emerging start-up all the way through to established companies.

Their service offering includes commercial contracts structuring and advice, intellectual property protection and assistance with regulations and compliance.

  • 2014 - Legalese opened it’s doors!
  • 2015 - Legalese hired its first employee and began adding new products to its service offering
  • 2016 - We settled into our Cape Town head office in Bo Kaap
  • 2017 - The team grew to 5 and we opened an intellectual property department
  • 2017 - The team grew to 7, opened a regulations and compliance department and opened a second office in Joburg.

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