THE FIRM

Why We Win

There are many reasons why our practice differs than that of our competitors. We are one of the most trusted business litigation firm in Vietnam because we win the great majority of our cases. And we have an outstanding record of success to demonstrate it.

Why we win is very simple. We win because we focus on ensuring a fair process and a fair outcome for all parties.

We win because we focus on ensuring a fair process and a fair outcome for all parties.

Although Vietnamese legal texts are ambiguous and corruption is still too prevalent in the justice system, seeking redress before a Vietnamese court is not doomed. There is a proven way to make justice prevail.

We will never take a case to trial if unfair tactics are at play. This is because in such case, the justice system fails, and so does everyone involved. A broken court process can never bring justice to the parties. It’s that simple.

Corruption only wins when all stakeholders give in to unfair practices. We never do. Not only we defend procedural fairness on behalf of our clients, but we impose it on every actor involved the dispute. Opposing counsel’s unfair tactics do not impress us and we never respond to such unprofessional behavior. Instead, we use tactics to expose them and force them to get into line.

Only a strong and impartial court process can offer justice to the parties. We enforce it fervently.

Many times before, we have denounced corrupt practices taking place in courts and arbitration proceedings, and filed complaints to make them stop. What we have learned is that when procedural fairness is enforced, justice easily prevails. We strongly believe that it is every litigator’s role in Vietnam to ensure that procedural fairness is respected by all stakeholders and at every stage of the proceedings.

We cannot influence judges decisions. But we can ensure that the context in which they make decision is fair and free of corruption

Why Choose
A LITIGATION Firm?

Interview with Stephen, Founding Partner at LE & TRAN

It seems that the market has recognized that it’s not the number of lawyers that matters, it’s the quality and the knowledge of a very specialized area,

says Stephen, the founding partner at LE & TRAN

This is especially true in Vietnam, where the trend with law firms is to become full-service where the law experts are hard to find. We believe that clients are better served by specialized firms who develop an expertise in specific areas of the law, and acquire an in-depth understanding of how to deal with the relevant authorities in Vietnam,

he explains

We believe that complex litigation is most effectively handled by an effective teams comprised of smart, highly experienced lawyers focused on results rather than process.

Foreign companies nowadays are demanding more efficient communication from lawyers, according to Stephen.

They’re obviously looking for very high-quality service and speedy resolution of their matters. They’re asking lawyers to understand their needs, to educate them on Vietnamese laws and avoid surprises,

he says

Our experts are remained in each case to maintain service quality.

Our most common mandates are one-off files, where we are brought in on specific litigation mandates often when the stakes are very high and the pressure to achieve good results is enormous. Flexibility in our operation and assignment allows us to staff our files appropriately, to keep our overhead reasonable, and to provide very attentive and responsive client service,

Stephen explains

We specialize on specific litigation mandates where stakes are high

Lawyers in a litigation firm know the status of all their files and are aware of the steps necessary to progress those files to a timely resolution.

The clients of our firm are kept current on the status of their matter and can be confident that their files are being dealt with in a timely manner,

Full-service firms tend to charge clients based on step-by-step litigation protocols, which may or may not be the most efficient way to solve the dispute. Litigation firm like us, who do not enjoy the gravitas of the cases, rather build our reputation on efficient and speedy resolution of disputes. We get our client to a resolution as soon as possible. Because in most cases, the clients is not best served by going to court. You need to be strategic, negotiate and settle.

Stephen says

Anti-Corruption &
Anti-Bribery Policy

At LE & TRAN, we are 100% anti-corruption and anti-bribery. For us, this means that we do not provide any form of corrupt payment to any public official in Vietnam. We know we would be breaking the law, for example, if we bribed a judge to make sure that he or she decides a case in our favour. Not only that behaviour is wrong, but is harms our justice system. So we don’t do it.

Moreover, our commitment to being corruption free doesn’t stop with the way we handle our cases. In Vietnam, it is everyone’s role to ensure that corruption is denounced. Unfortunately, we too often see corrupt practices or unfair tactics being used by litigators to bend the law in their favor. Many times in the past, we have reported such practices and filed complaints before the relevant authorities. And we will continue to do so, because the strength of the rule of law in Vietnam and the predictability of our justice system depends on it.

Not all Vietnamese litigators are made equal. Good litigators refuse to give in to corruption and refrain from using unfair tactics.

Our Fee Arrangements

Many law firms will promise you to focus on results and solve your problems efficiently. But if their fee structure is based on billable hours, they simply don’t back up their own words.

A law firm should not get paid more the longer it takes it to do a task. Yet that is exactly the incentive hourly billing promotes. Our fees don’t depend on how long we can spend on a task or how many associates we can put on it. Our fees depend on our success.

We share the risk with you. Our fees depend on our success.

We do not charge by the hour. In virtually every matter, some portion of our fee is based on the outcome of the case. We enter into fee agreements that reward success and efficiency. We believe our interests should be aligned with our clients’ interests. That means, we think we should get paid more if we win and less if we lose.

We employ a variety of fee arrangements, including flat monthly fees, partial contingency fees, and similar alternatives. We are flexible depending on our clients’ needs. But our fees are fixed and certain, unlike the unpredictable hourly billing and the ever-changing and always-exceeded “budgets” provided by most firms.

Our fees are fixed and certain. You keep control over them.

Monthly
Retainer Arrangement

Our role as counsel is to make sure that you do everything you can to minimize the risks that are within your control and to avoid conflicts that can land you into litigation. And this is why the best lawyers are litigators: since they know what can go wrong, they can steer you in the right direction from the get go.

A retainer allows you to contact us anytime there is a doubt on your mind.

We often tell our clients that what we practice “preventative law.” And experience shows that fixing basic legal problems can cost you up to 20 times more than doing things right from the beginning. And in Vietnam, being found at fault by local authorities can cost you precious time and money that would be best used running and growing your business.

With our monthly retainer, you can call us anytime when you have doubts in minds, because this is probably the most important moment where you should talk to the lawyers, i.e., before problems arise.  Not only we are available 24/7, but we encourage you to contact us regularly, because we know that frequent contact is the basis of a great working relationship together.

A monthly retainer allows you to stay within budget and foresee your legal costs.

A retainer is not for everyone. But if one of the following scenarios apply to you, it could be what you need:

  • You want to be able to talk to a lawyer whenever an issue comes up in your business;
  • You need a trusted advisor in Vietnam who can educate you (and your team) on some of the compliance issues you might not be aware of;
  • You are tired of fighting over legal bills, or you are tired of surprises and need to keep your legal expenses within budget;
  • You want to minimize your legal risks in Vietnam as much as humanely possible to avoid legal costs in the first place;
  • You want to save money on your legal services and get a better bang for your buck.

With our monthly retainer arrangement, you pay a monthly fee that is reflective of the amount of service you require on a monthly basis. And because you pay in advance of services, we are able to offer you a generous discount (25% – 30%) from our regular hourly services.

Why We WinWhy Choose
A LITIGATION Firm?
Anti-Corruption &
Anti-Bribery Policy
Our Fee ArrangementsMonthly
Retainer Arrangement