The Yamamura Tadao Law Office was founded in Kyoto in April 1990 by Tadao Yamamura,
with the aim of providing high-quality legal services to a broad range of clients.
In the years since, the Yamamura Tadao Law Office has advised and represented a number of clients in the Kyoto and Kansai Region, from individual citizens to large, publicly-listed corporations. We are home to several practicing lawyers that cover different areas of expertise, each of whom are capable of providing timely, flexible and specialized legal advice.
Our legal team is proficient in English, so English speakers are free to seek legal advice and attorney services pertaining to their activities and businesses in Japan without the stress of communicating in another language. If you prefer to communicate in English and you have a pressing legal inquiry or need, feel free to contact us.
The Yamamura Tadao Law Office has an established system of legal consultation and support for non-Japanese clients looking to develop their business in Kyoto and the Kansai Region. We can offer advice and guidance on a variety of areas such as labor law, intellectual property, protection of trade secrets, corporate governance, CSR and compliance, due diligence prior to M&A, start-ups, to name but a few.
Come and talk to us if you need legal advice or guidance on issues such as traffic accidents, divorce, inheritance, medical malpractice and so forth. We have a wealth of experience in lawsuits related to compensation for damages. Furthermore, we are also adept at issues related to conflict resolution, such as negotiations, judicial actions and alternative dispute resolution, etc.
When clients do not speak Japanese they can sometimes feel as if their rights are not being protected – our mission is to ensure that this is not the case. If you have any issues that are causing you concern, come and talk to us.
Our client base is in many ways our strongest advocate. Our reputation has spread by word of mouth and we are proud to know that new clients often come to us following a strong recommendation from an existing client. We strive to make our clients satisfied with the legal services we offer, and we will continue to make stringent efforts in this regard.
We operate the Yamamura Tadao Law Office in line with the following six fundamental concepts,
striving to deliver satisfaction to our client base:
Provision of Legal Services with Sincerity
We want to serve as a trusted partner to our clients in the long term. In this regard it is imperative that we provide our legal services with sincerity and to speak directly, to face any issues head-on and to be able to have a candid exchange of opinions with the client.
Clients Come First
We understand that often clients come to us when they find themselves in difficult or challenging circumstances. Our job is to strive to get the best possible result for our clients. At the Yamamura Tadao Law Office, we will offer strategic and ethical advice, offering concrete and specific solutions, negotiation strategies and legal procedures specific to the situation of the client.
Close, Clear and Concise Communication
At the Yamamura Tadao Law Office, we understand that communication is key to client satisfaction across the legal process. Firstly, we identify the client’s needs and requirements, and then we move on to developing creative and effective ways in which we can work together to build a solution to the situation at hand. At all times we strive to communicate in a respectful, timely, concise and frank manner.
Diligent Research Underpins Success
Teamwork is key to the legal services we offer at the Yamamura Tadao Law Office. Our experienced team of lawyers and paralegals works closely together to keep abreast of any changes to the law; here we feel diligent research can help develop the best, most up-to-date solutions to your legal issues and challenges.
From Kyoto to the World: Offering International Legal Advice
It is our pleasure to support and advise any business looking to develop, from a nascent start-up to a company seeking to grow globally. We understand that it is our mission to help these businesses, based as they are in Kyoto and the Kansai Region, develop internationally, which may entail working and negotiating with entities and lawyers based overseas. We will help develop these networks, drawing on our experience of international trade and business growth overseas.
Shining a Light in Every Corner
We want our clients to make the best of themselves and their lives, both personal and professional. Sometimes in order for this to happen you need someone to light the best path to take. It is important to us that social justice is seen to be done, that what is right and just is championed. That is what we work for day in, day out.
Yamamura Tadao Law Office
Year of Foundation:
Tadao Yamamura （山村忠夫）
Prior to entering into any Engagement Agreement, we at the Yamamura Tadao Law Office will explain our fee structure very clearly to a new client. In Japan there are no regulations that specifically govern lawyer/client fee structures. We still use and abide by the strictures of the (now-defunct) Japan Federation of Bar Associations regarding fees. Basically, the system of engagement fees and retainers is a commonplace approach, but depending on the scale, nature and complexity of the matter at hand, the fees can vary accordingly.
Furthermore, depending on the case, it may be necessary to charge the client fees based on billable hours. In this event we can provide the client with an estimate as to how many hours we would expect to bill.
Legal Advice Fee Structure
(Net of Consumption Tax)
|1 hour:||JPY 10,000|
Commission Fees (the figures below are examples, please ask your lawyer for more details)
Commencement Fee Structure (Net of Consumption Tax)
|Economic Profit||Commencement Fee||Remuneration|
|Less than 3 million yen||8％||16％|
|Between 3 million and 30 million yen||5% + 90,000 yen||10% + 180,000 yen|
|Between 30 million and 300 million yen||3% + 690,000 yen||6% + 1,380,000 yen|
|Over 300 million yen||2% + 3,690,000 yen||4% + 7,380,000 yen|
*Please note that the Commencement Fee and the Remuneration can be adjusted up or down by up to 30% depending on the case in point.
As a rule, we will charge by the hour for legal work related to contracts (writing and review), contractual negotiations, deal-making, M&A and related issues, complex and challenging lawsuits, class action lawsuits, etc. The hourly unit cost for these projects can vary depending on the number and experience of the lawyers engaged to work on a case, but the lower band starts at 20,000 yen/hour (net of consumption tax).
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