“They’re not ‘mean’ but I do think they are ‘lean’ and ‘keen’! The way they work together to provide me with the whole package is excellent. I get just what I need.”

Yutaka Yasawa
Optimus Group

We’ve got fantastic lawyers. They all have best in industry experience from major in-house legal teams or top-tier legal practices. Our people have worked and continue to work with great clients at the highest level.

But top-quality legal expertise was never enough for us and we know it isn’t the only thing our clients need.

By constantly focusing on how best to deliver our expertise and always delivering on our touchstones of value, decency and enjoyment, we offer a genuinely better alternative to large commercial legal practices.

How does CIE Legal compare with the big firms?

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Culture of value, decency, enjoyment

How does this help your business?

The CIE Difference

We want to enjoy our work and we want to work with clients who enjoy dealing with us. We call this ‘putting the love back into law'. It makes us happier, which makes us better lawyers and means we deliver more value to you. Many of our people left large corporate firms to join our culture of value, decency and enjoyment. They haven’t looked back.

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Culture focused on financial returns

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Small, focused team

How is small better for your business?

The CIE Difference

We don’t have 50 permanent lawyers to deploy immediately on a transaction – and we never will. What we do have is a close-knit team of highly experienced advisers who will work closely with you and with one another to achieve the results you need, all backed-up by a network of trusted consultants who we can deploy where extra resource is needed. With CIE Legal, you know the people who do your work and they know each other. The result? More creativity, greater efficiency and less waste. One of our clients likes to call this the ‘lean and keen’ approach.

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Large, diversified teams

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Experience across the board

What kind of experience do we have?

The CIE Difference

While large legal practices often push their people into silos, we train our lawyers to be generalists, while retaining their expertise in areas they’re passionate about. We find that our experience in one area informs another, enabling us to see the whole picture and deliver solutions that genuinely work for your business. It also removes the need to pass your work from team to team, which is time-consuming and inefficient. It also ensures we have multiple people you can call on if someone is away, without sacrificing quality or efficiency.

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Narrow specialisms

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Practical 'real life' advice

How can 'real life' advice add value to your business?

The CIE Difference

Like lots of law firms, we have clever people, and some of us have a lot of letters after our name. But this is the real world and 'clever' alone doesn't deliver the results you want. Legal advice is worth nothing if it doesn't provide direction and help your business make decisions. We have worked in industry, we understand the pressures you are under, so we work hard to provide succinct, clear, workable solutions that are also often a bit creative. No 20 page letters telling you the law (unless of course you ask for it!).

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Old-fashioned advice

These aren’t just words. This is how we work – every day, and this is why we love coming to work, and why our clients enjoy working with us. Here are some stories that show the CIE difference in action.

If you want to know more about how we arrived at where we are today, you may like to read Our Story.

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Level 11 Como Office Tower
644 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141
+61 3 9948 2470
info@cielegal.com.au
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