Which organisations are most likely to benefit from Argumentum’s services?

Argumentum’s services are ideally suited for organisations where the board or directors, executives and other high ranking decision makers that are confronted with  important, complex or unique decisions, transactions, disputes or situations and do not have in-house legal capacity or insufficient in-house legal capacity to deal with these, but are also reluctant merely appoint an external law firm on a more each time a problem presents itself for fear of run away costs, insufficient involvement, failure to present a range of non-litigious or litigious options, having the risks and the possible scenarios communicated, and a general fear that the knowledge disparity between the lawyer and the client will render it extremely difficult for the client to assess whether the advice and strategies proposed are legally and logically sound.

What we do:

  • We only provide legal services to executives, the boards of directors and other high ranking decision makers within organisations;
  • We join organisations as part of their existing in-house legal team or we act as the in-house legal team for a certain period;  
  • We  establish which portions of the legal work are best suited for which level of experience and expertise and source and project manage the skills required to solve the problems, including external legal expertise at a specific time for a specific purpose, whether it be for transaction advice or dispute resolution;
  • If the client so chooses, we adopt a company email address for that period and function as corporate counsel.

What do you mean by important, complex or unique decisions, transactions, disputes or situations?

By important we mean, that not resolving your legal uncertainty stands in the way of the decision being made, transaction progressing, dispute being resolved or situation changing in the way you want and need it to.

Important, also includes Bet the Farm decisions,  transactions, disputes or situations, where employing the wrong or an insufficient legal strategy could potentially sink or severely harm the organisation.

By complex we mean, transactions, disputes or situations that are layered in risk as a result of one or more of the following:

  • large numbers of items, interrelations and decisions;
  • time considerations;
  • lack of clarity of the situation; and
  • multiple goals

By unique we mean decisions, transactions, disputes or situations for which there are very few or no use cases that can be directly applied to provide guidance on the way forward.

The convergence of important, complex and unique is where we are at our best.

Why only the board of directors, executives and other high ranking decision makers?

We are not saying that we will not act in service of other persons within your organisation, but if and when we do so, we do so at the behest and in service of the board, the executive or another high ranking decision maker such as the head of legal or line of business head.

Which organisations or persons don’t we work for and which work don’t we do?

 

We enjoy working with organisations with ambitions to become or remain leaders in their industries.

We are not interested in working with organisations that just want to get along and survive, and do not mind if they do not want to work with us.

We are not the cheapest legal service provider in town, but we do provide value for money. Organisations looking for “cheap” instead of value, will find an abundance of legal service providers that will fit the bill.

We don’t provide legal services to individuals:

    • Divorces
    • Representation in criminal litigation (save where allegations of commercial crimes are involved and relate to the organisations dealings);
    • CCMA cases
    • Contracts for individuals
  • We don’t take over the functions of HR departments;
  • We don’t act as an in-house debt collection department for organisations;
  • We do not take over the compliance department of an organisation, although we do advise on compliance matters;
  • We don’t do conveyancing, notarising or intellectual property registrations, although we do advise that these activities may be required to solve a problem and project manage the execution thereof.  

All rules have exception, and if it is logical to deviate from these rules, we do. This however will remain an exception to the rule.

 

What if Argumentum haven’t provided legal services in my industry before, will it still be able to competently provide legal services to my organisation?

 

We do not profess to know everything about every industry and every field of law (any lawyer that does should make you very nervous), but we do trust in our broad legal knowledge, approach to problem solving, risk management and project management to guide us through a logical process to find feasible and practical solutions to your legal problems together with the sourced specific expertise required for certain areas of the work.

The boundaries between the various fields of legal expertise have become fuzzy as the world becomes increasingly complex. If your mining operation comes to a grinding halt as a result of government interference, do you need a mining law expert, a labour law expert, an administrative law expert, a lego-political negotiator, a commercial law expert or a PR lawyer? or all of the above? and which one do you need for which part of the work? Disaggregating this ecosystem has become increasingly difficult and requires a new and unique skill set.

Professor Richard Susskind, a leading expert in the evolution of professional services, especially legal services, probably rightly holds the view that the role of the super expert will predominantly be reduced to that of a subcontractor in the future.

We do not profess to know everything about every industry and every field of law (any lawyer that does should make you very nervous), but we do trust in our broad legal knowledge, approach to problem solving, risk management and project management to guide us through a logical process to find feasible and practical solutions to your legal problems together with the sourced specific expertise required for certain areas of the work.

The boundaries between the various fields of legal expertise have become fuzzy as the world becomes increasingly complex. If your mining operation comes to a grinding halt as a result of government interference, do you need a mining law expert, a labour law expert, an administrative law expert, a lego-political negotiator, a commercial law expert or a PR lawyer? or all of the above? and which one do you need for which part of the work? Disaggregating this ecosystem has become increasingly difficult and requires a new and unique skill set.

Professor Richard Susskind, a leading expert in the evolution of professional services, especially legal services, probably rightly holds the view that the role of the super expert will predominantly be reduced to that of a subcontractor in the future.

 

How much time will the interfacing lawyer spend at our offices, in our presence or stationed where we need him or her?

This will depend on the needs of each client. Some clients prefer on-site, some on-demand, others on-call, others a combination.

We start somewhere and work towards an arrangement that suits the client.

How do you log time spent on our organisations work?

Our lawyers are trained to log their time and activities in order to measure up-time, down-time, time on specific projects and general efficiency and effectiveness.

How do you manage possible conflicts of interest between the interests of our organisation and other organisations?

We discuss with you what you would deem to be conflict and if a conflict exists from your perspective, we do what is appropriate to manage or remove the conflict.

What steps do you take to protect sensitive information?

We either adapt to and apply your information management protocol or propose a safe way of managing information.

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