The Sajen Accord





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Why we believe that prevention is better than cure

At Sajen legal, we believe that prevention is better than cure. What do we mean? If you run a business, you are constantly running into legal issues – big, small and medium-sized.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Starting your business

When you are setting up or buying a business, you will need legal assistance on the:

  • terms of any contracts relating to the purchase of the business (you don’t want any unpleasant surprises)
  • due diligence process (you must ensure you are getting value for money)
  • terms of any contracts to finance the business (you need to understand the fine print)
  • best possible business structure (you need to select one that will not only protect your assets but maximise your profits)
  • protection of your intellectual property (you must ensure your business name, trade marks and patents are protected, and that you are on top of any copyright issues)
  • purchase and lease of property (you need to ensure the terms of the lease or purchase are properly negotiated).

Having a lawyer assist you in making sure that your business has been set up properly means that you can avoid trouble further down the track. This is because you know that the agreements you’ve signed aren’t full of gaping holes that may come back to haunt you.

Growing your business

As you grow your business, you will find that the key issue is ensuring a steady cash flow. A lawyer can help here too. This because your life will be increasingly regulated by contractual relationships and you need to see to it those relationships are managed in a way that means revenue is constantly flowing into your business.

In short, legal issues will arise as you manage:

  • relationships with customers (you need effective terms of trade and debtor payment systems, as well as an effective system for chasing debtors)
  • relationships with suppliers and distributors (you need to ensure that you have proper agreements in place so that your business runs smoothly)
  • relationships with employees (you need to protect yourself from spurious employee-related claims)
  • relationships with landlords (you need to ensure all CPI and rent reviews are undertaken as per your agreement, and that proper market reviews are conducted).

Depending on the nature of your business, other legal issues may emerge, such as:

  • the importing and exporting of products (you don’t want your business to become entangled in red tape)
  • tax (you need to minimise your obligations)
  • insurance (you need to protect your business).

Consulting a lawyer who is familiar with, and understands, your business minimises the chances of you ending up in a disagreement with a third party, or ending up in a legal mess just as your business is expanding. In a nutshell, a lawyer can help you protect your business as it expands and grows.

 

 

Disputes

Sadly, because business is all about relationships, you may end up in a dispute with someone at some point. This is when you will benefit from seeking the assistance of an experienced litigation lawyer who can resolve your dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

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Exiting your business

Finally, you will need legal advice when you decide to exit your business, because legal issues will arise when you:

  • sell your business
  • wind up your business.

Essentially, as you move into the next phase of your life, you will want to make sure that everything is in order so that you don’t have to deal with all sorts of problems associated with a business you no longer own.

Family businesses

Alternatively, if you are running a family business, you will need to consider the legal issues surrounding succession planning. The last thing anyone wants is a family becoming bitterly divided over a business issue. A lawyer can help you plan ahead.

Ultimately, seeking legal advice at every stage of the life cycle of your business is all about peace of mind.

Why are owners of small-to-medium-sized businesses reluctant
to seek legal advice?

Over the years, we’ve seen quite a few cases of clients having avoided seeing a lawyer because they were terrified of the potential cost. In some instances, this meant that their legal problems spiralled out of control. We’ve even seen cases of businesses going under because clients have buried their heads in the sand until it was too late.

Most small-to-medium-sized business owners say that the reason they don’t seek legal advice is the cost, especially when they are billed by the hour. Basically, they simply can’t afford to pick up the phone and call a lawyer who is going to charge them by the minute.

These days, a lot of large businesses use in-house counsel to handle the day-to-day issues that emerge in the course of their commercial activities.

Why?

They’ve discovered it is cheaper to employ an in-house counsel or an in-house legal team to deal with these issues than it is to pick up the phone and call a law firm.

However, employing an in-house lawyer is not a realistic option if you are running a small-to-medium-sized business.

What is the solution?

The Sajen Accord

At Sajen legal, we decided that time-based billing wasn’t in the best interests of our clients, especially those who run small-to-medium-sized businesses.

So, our mission became providing small-to-medium-sized businesses with the highest-quality legal advice at a reasonable price.

We went back to the drawing board and did a lot of thinking about how we could deliver reasonably priced legal services to you – the client.

That is how we came up with the Sajen Accord.

What is the Sajen Accord?

The Sajen Accord enables to small-to-medium-sized businesses to have access to resources equivalent to an in-house lawyer without actually having to employ one. Most importantly, it means the end of time-based billing.

How does the Sajen Accord work?

The Sajen Accord is an agreement between you (the client) and us (the law firm) that enables us to provide you with high-quality legal advice for a reasonable price.

Because we know that every business is different, we keep things flexible and offer three possible packages:

Option 1: Fixed fees for a particular transaction/deal or any other piece of legal work

This package is suitable for you if you want to retain us to work on a particular transaction/deal or any other piece of legal work for a fixed fee.

Option 2: Fixed fees for a particular litigation matter

This package is appropriate for you if you are involved in a legal dispute or litigation matter. In this case, we also agree to work on your matter for a fixed fee.

Option 3: Retainers

This package will suit you if you want us to provide you with the full range of services that an in-house lawyer would.

We will charge you a fixed periodic free, which you pay weekly, monthly or quarterly (whatever suits your cash flow), on the basis of either a:

  • general retainer (which includes all your commercial legal work, including any litigation matters)
  • specific (which covers particular aspects of your commercial legal work).

How does the general retainer work?

The general retainer is suitable for clients who feel they would benefit from the kind of service that would normally be provided by an in-house lawyer. It means that you can contact us at any time about any aspect of your commercial legal work. That is, you have a lawyer at your fingertips 24/7.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

How does the specific retainer work?

The specific retainer is suitable for clients who would like to have a lawyer at their fingertips for certain aspects of their commercial legal work.

Annual retainer review

In the case of both general and specific retainers, at the end of each year we sit down and discuss the scope of the work for the following year and work out an appropriate fee for our services.

What are the benefits of the Sajen Accord for your business?

  • Sajen Accord

    The Sajen Accord saves you money and makes your legal costs predictable (because we can tell you exactly what they will be for the next year).

  • Predictable

    Under the Sajen Accord, you won’t ever have to look at the clock, because we won’t bill you by the hour or minute. Most importantly, it ensures we can take the time to understand your business and provide you with the best possible advice for your particular situation.

  • Safety & Surety

    It gives you security because you will no longer put off calling a lawyer because you are scared of the potential cost. In short, it is proactive rather than reactive.

  • Real Teamwork

    Because we are business law specialists, we will provide you with commercially astute legal advice that is tailor-made for your business.

The Sajen Warranty

The Sajen Accord is backed up with the Sajen Warranty* – a guarantee of our performance and results. If you’re not satisfied, we’ll give you your money back.

* Subject to the express terms and conditions of your individual client agreement.

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  • buying a business
  • looking for a suitable business structure
  • restructuring your business
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  • buying or selling commercial property
  • leasing or renting commercial property
  • drafting contracts with customers, suppliers or employees
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  • negotiating the terms of plant and equipment hire
  • protecting your intellectual property (copyright, trade marks, patents, design registration, confidential information)
  • setting up a debt collection system
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  • dealing with commercial disputes
  • an insurance policy claim or reviews
  • insolvency/bankruptcy issues
  • selling or winding up your business.

Compare the Sajen Accord with traditional
time-based billing offered by most law firms

Are you sick of paying your existing lawyers by the hour?

Would you like to talk to us about the Sajen Accord?

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Kyle Kimball

‘The Sajen Accord offers you the advantage and convenience of having what amounts to an in-house lawyer at your fingertips. At Sajen, we see ourselves as both business bodyguards and business gardeners. Our job is not only to protect your business but help you grow it into something spectacular. Most importantly, under the Sajen Accord, you can be sure that we will provide you with high-quality legal advice at a reasonable price.’

Kyle Kimball, Sajen legal

What do our clients have to say about the Sajen Accord?

Sajen listens to you before coming up with great strategies that will solve my problems.


Ferre de Deyne - Big Kart Track

Sajen has provided good legal advice over a number of years to myself and partners, and has always
remained in easy contact when required. Sajen has a good reputation and backs it up with quality advice. I
have no hesitation in recommending Sajen in his areas of expertise.


Richard Hill, Operations Manager - Property & Business at Sunshine Coast Regional Council

We have been clients of Sajen Legal since they commenced work with us in 2006 on registering our company logo
trademark. Since then, we have relied on Sajen’s professional legal advice, from preparing client and architect
agreements to advice on copyright. We are great believers in “prevention is better than cure” and
we really appreciate Sajen’s guidance in helping us to set up systems which assist us to practice with care and
foresight.


Lindy Atkin - Director Bark Design Architects
We have been using Sajen Legal for over 6 years for all our legal and company law requirements and have been
totally satisfied with their advice to our various companies. In 2011 we became members of Sajen Accord. This
is a great concept, for a set monthly fee all of our legal requirements are covered. If you are serious about having a
legal firm that truly understands your company's needs, you need to have Sajen as your law firm.


Jon Ruckman, Managing Director - Minpro Mining & Engineering
After utilising the services of various law firms and receiving little work for extremely high and costly fees, I was
reluctant to call solicitors and ask for legal advice. It was an extreme relief to find a law firm that understood its
clients; needs and were willing to work harder to meet them. I firmly believe that the Sajen Accord retainer has
saved my business thousands of dollars in legal fees and has provided me with a newfound security
and confidence during the daily operations of business.

Hayley Skinner, National Manager - The SunKISSED Girls
I am often asked: who looks after your legal requirements; contracts being a regular occurrence in publishing
and media. I am reluctant to give up this information, not wanting my opposition to have the same quality of
legal advice that I have come to respect and expect from the Sajen team. Sajen Accord gives my business a
real advantage over the competition. It almost seems unfair.

Scott Publishing and Media
Insights Consulting have utilised the services of Sajen for a number of years and have always felt comfortable
relying on their advice. We often find that the Sajen team will actually proactively participate in our business
above and beyond traditional legal services which for a small consulting group adds to our talent bank.

David Aaron, Insights Consulting
We have utilized Sajen Legal for several years and can recommend them as being a quality law firm, who can offer a
depth of knowledge and advice.  We have a ongoing Accord Agreement and it benefits our Company
greatly. We have the assurance of always having full access to advice as we need, with a firm who understands
our requirements and with whom we have relationship with. I would not hesitate to recommend
them to any business who is needing support in this area.

MPR Services Pty Ltd
Sajen Legal approached us with their accord agreement, providing a distinct difference to previous legal services we
had utilised. After taking the time to understand, review, and analyse our business group operations, Tim & Kyle have
provided well shaped advice to suit our industry & operations. Now without question, we utilise the Sajen team to give
best advice and planning across our business operations. The value provided by the team and the benefits of
our accord agreements has provided both saving and benefits to our business.

Matthew Tenkate – General Manager, Major Training

Sajen have been extremely helpful and supportive helping a new inexperienced company with all our start up needs.
The advice and knowledge from their team have given us the confidence as a company with any business matter. I would
not hesitate in recommending them to any company.

Amanda Hayward, The Writer's Coffee Shop.