Established in 1920 by Raphael Asherson, Ashersons has become well known as a general practice offering its clients integrity and loyalty. The Cape Town based firm has throughout remained compact and presently comprises three partners, two associates, four candidate attorneys, and a number of support staff - all of whom commenced their careers with the firm. Ashersons is a boutique practice catering for an exclusive range of both corporate and high nett worth individual clients throughout South Africa, Africa, Europe, America and Australia. Ashersons’ attorneys and staff pride themselves on delivering a comprehensive, personal and tailor made service to its clients. With fast turn around time, focus and attention to detail, Ashersons has maintained its reputation as a leading South African law firm.
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Selwyn Zackon

Selwyn Zackon, a Partner at Ashersons, joined the firm in 1985. Selwyn’s expertise lie in commercial law, franchising, property and litigation. His extensive understanding of company law and commerce has enabled Selwyn to become an astute commercial and property lawyer,…

Rafi Weiner

Rafi Weiner, a Partner at Ashersons, joined the firm in 1981. Rafi was admitted as an attorney in both South Africa and Lesotho in 1983, and in 1989 in Namibia (then South West Africa). Rafi was awarded a B.Proc degree by the University…

Andrew Goldschmidt

Andrew Goldschmidt, a Partner at Ashersons, joined the firm in 2007. He has experience in contentious as well as non-contentious corporate and commercial matters ranging from the drafting of commercial contracts to commercial litigation, with particular regard to corporate and contractual…

Ashersons Attorneys

Apart from the Partners at Ashersons (listed to the left), Ashersons has a large professional team that assists in the practice, which team includes associates, candidate attorneys, conveyancing staff, and a number of professional consultants, and are well positioned to assist you with…

Selwyn provides a brief introduction to Ashersons Attorneys.

Two minutes to a swimming pool tragedy and a R62m damages claim

A recent High Court decision of A and Another v S and Another (8352/2007) [2016] ZAWCHC 106  highlights once again both the personal tragedy and the legal consequences of failing to protect children from the dangers of swimming pools and…

Are you liable for a previous owner’s unpaid rates and taxes on a property?

You might not have initially been aware of this, but it might have arisen during conversation over dinner if somebody you know has recently purchased a house. The crux of the conversation was “beware when buying a new property, because…

It’s late for racism – SARS v the CCMA and Others 2016 ZACC 38

Mr Jacobus Johannes Kruger (“Kruger”) was employed by the South African Revenue Services (“SARS”) from November 1991 and served as an anti-smuggling officer at the time of his dismissal. On the 27th of July 2007, after an altercation with Mr…

All “Community Schemes”: New Rules and a New Ombud You Need to Know About

The Community Schemes Ombud Service Act (“CSOSA”) came into effect on 7 October, together with the related Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act (see previous article).   CSOSA applies to all “Community Schemes” (residential, commercial and industrial) including – Sectional title development…

Let our professional team assist you in ensuring that your franchising business's legal requirements are taken care of, so that you can concentrate on growing your business Ashersons has significant experience in the specialised area of commercial law that is franchising law. Our team of lawyers can assist you in all aspects of franchising law, including advising on and drafting a franchise agreement and any ancillary documents required at the start of a franchise relationship between franchisor and franchisee, settling disputes between franchisor and franchisee, and the termination or cancellation of franchise agreements.
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Are You David Trying to Sue Goliath? Consider Litigation Funding

Justice should be accessible to us all, but regrettably litigation, particularly in the higher courts, can be an expensive process and thus out of reach unless you have both deep …

Bad Tenants: Can You Lock Them Out?

It’s very tempting, when you have a bad tenant who doesn’t pay his/her rentals or otherwise remains consistently and unapologetically in breach of your lease agreement, to slap the biggest and …

Tax changes affecting Trusts: Interest-free or low-interest loans to trusts

The South African National Treasury (“Treasury”) is moving forwards with their promises to tighten up the income tax laws which are applicable to trusts. In July 2016, Treasury released the …

Selling Property?  Check for VAT Before You Sign

You sell your property for a good price and, with the deal in the bag, you start daydreaming about how to spend the proceeds.  Then – disaster of disasters – …

Family Law, Estates and Trusts The Family Law department can assist clients with: Anti-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Contracts Divorces Maintenance matters Variation of existing divorce orders, where possible Protection orders Advice on separation of parties involved in cohabitation relationships General family law advice Estate Planning and administration of deceased estates Trust formation and management
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Divorce Maintenance:  Can You Contract Out of It?

Generally, our laws hold us to the agreements we make with each other, but there are limits.  A recent High Court judgment (W v H (25394/2010) [2016] ZAWCHC 97), dealing with a bitterly-fought divorce dispute, illustrates. A Senior Advocate, having…

Garnishee Orders:  A 7-Point Practical Guide to New Rules for Lenders, Debtors and Employers

On 13 September 2016, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in a matter concerning an application for confirmation of an order of invalidity made by the Western Cape Division of the High Court and an appeal against certain parts of that…

Lost Views and Rising Damp – Lessons for Home Buyers

Here’s the story of yet another bitter dispute between neighbours over the loss of a treasured view.  The setting this time is a group housing development which was specifically designed to give each and every house views of both the…

Directors and personal liability: the little-known section waiting in ambush

Since the “new” 2008 Companies Act came into effect in 2011, directors and other company officers have had to shoulder a raft of additional responsibilities and risks, amongst them a significantly increased risk of personal liability. Consider for example the…