Langes+ (pronounced Lang-eze Plus ) was formed in 2008 when the Sydney firm of Langes (established in 1960) joined with David Jacobson in Brisbane and Shannon Adams and Rob Surman and their team in Adelaide, with the aim of creating a national law firm dedicated to finance sector clients.
On 1 June 2010, Langes+ opened its Melbourne office, headed by Executive Counsel Ronen Atzmon.
We operate as an integrated national firm, with offices in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Our clients include -
• ADIs such as banks, credit unions, and building societies
• finance companies
• industry associations
• development funds
• other corporates
Each of the partners have been working with financial service providers and businesses for a long time.
We give highest priority to the 'Plus' in Langes+ - that added dimension of client care and expertise that is such an integral part of Langes+.
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We also provide private client advice in the areas of wills and estate administration.
How are we different?
We guarantee the consistency of our service delivery, the reliability of our systems and the quality of our lawyers.
We are cost conscious: we keep to budgets and timetables.
Your matter isn't pushed down to the most inexperienced lawyer at the firm. Our best results occur when our senior lawyers discuss a client's issues.
We travel all over Australia to see clients face to face when necessary. Otherwise we can meet with you online.
Your work is done by the most appropriate person, regardless of their location.
We use technology to benefit clients: clients can access routine updates and matter information online.
We don't bill for computerised research services.
Our clients praise us for giving them the ability to ring about problems and providing quick and skilful advice and assistance.
At Langes+, you deal with a senior lawyer, not a junior. We’re always accessible and we respond quickly.
We use the latest technology for your benefit but maintain the personal connection with you.
We understand the client perspective: a number of our team have been clients of law firms, as in-house counsel. So we are commercially minded, not legalistic.
We don’t treat transactions in isolation. We look to build long-term relationships with our clients and to understand their business, and apply that understanding to your matters.
Expertise and quality
We have experience and expertise in business law transactions to match the big law firms.
We are experienced in dealing with tough legal problems.
Langes+ lawyers have advised on a wide range of business transactions, both domestic and international, including:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Commercial lending
- Capital markets and securitisation
- Start ups and joint ventures
- Commercial contracts
- Licensing, distribution and franchising
We never compromise on quality, and we strive to be world’s best in our areas of practice.
As we are legal providers who know our clients' business we can offer increased efficiencies.
We are substantially better value than the big firms. That’s because we have lower cost structures and a practical approach.
We work efficiently, using the best people for the job.
We seek to manage our costs creatively and constantly, and share any savings with you through improved value for service.
We understand that we are responsible for our budgets and estimates.
We’re also open to using alternative fee structures such as fixed prices and caps, and we use these with a number of clients.
In-house counsel regularly use us to provide additional resources and to relieve them from worry and cost pressures.
Fees and charges
Our liability is limited by a scheme approved by Professional Standards Legislation.
Before we start a matter we will tell you in writing:
- how the costs are calculated (for example, whether they are time-based, based on a particular ‘scale of fees’ or similar costs table or fixed at a particular amount);
- A realistic estimate of the total cost (or a number of estimates) with an explanation of the major variables that might affect the final amount;
- Your right to:
o negotiate the costs agreement
o receive a bill
o request an itemised bill
o be notified of anything that might cause a substantial change in a cost or fee
o receive progress reports
o have a cost assessment if you dispute the bill and the time limits that will apply
o apply to the Supreme Court to over-rule the costs agreement.
- When and how often you will be billed;
- The interest rate you will be charged for overdue amounts;
- The identity of the person in the legal practice for you to contact to discuss costs.
If you are involved in a litigious matter (a case that will go to a court or tribunal), we will also disclose the range of costs that you may expect to recover if you are successful and the range of costs you may expect to pay if you are unsuccessful.
It can be very difficult to predict the exact cost of litigation. The total costs of a court case will vary depending on the actions of the parties involved, orders made by the court and so on. We will give you a realistic estimate for different steps in the action, but we often cannot tell you the exact cost at the beginning.