We use plain English
Translating Swiss legal concepts from French or German can be challenging. We do our best to make Swiss law understandable. Our advice aims to be comprehensive and concise, so that all you need to do is make the right business or personal decisions.
Here's an example that is technically correct but difficult to understand:
"In rental law, the principle that a lease agreement on real estate is generally transferred to the purchaser of the leased property in the event of a sale of the property applies."
In plain English, this becomes:
"If you buy a property with a sitting tenant, his or her lease agreement will be transferred to you, the buyer, by law."
We also use plain English in our work product. A contract will always work better if the parties understand it and don't need a lawyer to interpret it. We do the research and drafting - you get the finished work product.
We are familiar with the local courts and authorities
In Switzerland, local rules and practices matter. While most substantive law is Federal, and some procedures are standardized, Cantons sometimes apply the law differently. And Cantons and Communes have their own laws in specific areas. Our local knowledge will help you make a compelling argument before the Court or authority that you are facing.
We give you the high level of service that you expect
We are responsive and available when you need us. We act quickly and can work within short deadlines.
We act in your best interests - if a matter can be settled, we will advise you to do so, as opposed to suggesting a long process before the Courts.
When you need the help of another professional - technical expert, public Notary - we will recommend the one best suited for you, and manage them. One-stop shopping makes life easier for you.
If a matter involves another jurisdiction, we have reliable contacts in reputable law firms on all five continents.
Our rates are competitive and flexible
We usually follow the recommended Bar Association rate of 350 francs per hour. However, we may quote a lower or higher rate depending on the matter, the deadline, your budget, the result, and the time we actually spend.
You control our fees: before we start, we will give you an estimate, and keep you updated while we work. We always ask you before spending time and resources.
We can also agree on capped fees, monthly retainers, or other billing arrangements based on your needs and our availability, within the limits of Bar Association rules.
© Anthony Edward Braham 2021