Legal Advice

Legally Speaking specialises in providing legal advice in a number of areas including commercial, corporate, employment, trade practices and dispute resolution matters. This advice is tailored to your needs but can be roughly divided into 3 categories:

  • Immediate advice on an 'as needs' basis;
  • Task based advice; and
  • Project advice.

Immediate Advice

This relates to advice that is easily accessible and can be resolved quickly. You can contact us at any time to discuss your legal and regulatory concerns. This could include for example:

  • Telephoning or emailing us and requesting advice to be provided 'then and there' , alternatively with a very quick turnaround;
  • Meeting regularly to discuss issues facing your business, resolving issues that can be resolved at the meeting and timetabling any legal tasks that might flow from this.

Types of advice/services that generally falls into this category:

Marketing compliance; basic employment law queries, general discussion on strategic negotiation strategy relating to contracts, corporate advice pertaining to duties of directors, etc.

Examples of how this works in practice:

  • Your call us to discuss the content of marketing collateral;
  • You are about to hire someone and wishes to discuss the implications of the restraint of trade in the employment proposal;
  • You are in the middle of negotiations and want to quickly check the implications of a specific requirement that the other party wishes to include in the transaction.

Task Based Advice *

This fits into the more traditional legal advice model.

Types of advice/services that generally falls into this category:

Business transactions, contract drafting, reviewing, negotiation; corporate governance advice; employment law advice; representing you in disputes, etc.

Example of how this works in practice:

  • You ask us to assist in you in analysing the legal/regulatory implications of a business transaction;
  • You ask us to draft /review/negotiate a contract;
  • You ask us to assist you in resolving a dispute;
  • You ask us to assist you in understanding the complexity of board dynamics, conflicts and shareholder disputes.

Project Based Advice

This relates to specific projects undertaken by a business.

Type of advice/services that generally fall into this category:

Major product development project; Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures.

Example of how this works in practice:

  • You are part of a tender process, joint venture, merger and/or acquisition transaction and it is in the best interests of the business to include a lawyer in the transaction team practically managing all legal aspects of the process leaving the commercial operators more time to concentrate on the commercial aspect of the transaction.
  • Legally Speaking will work together with you to create the legal strategy and budget required for the relevant transaction and depending on the nature of the transaction provides legal advice or sources legal advice from experts in specific areas of law in a manner that ensures that the advice provided is appropriate to the transaction and falls within the budget for the transaction.

* To be provided by Legally Speaking or outsourced to another service provider as appropriate.