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, 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, 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, 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…

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…

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High Court spells out attorney-client billing basis

Judge Neil Tuchten, sitting in the Pretoria High Court, last week handed down a particularly important judgment confirming the only basis on which an attorney may bill a client. The case was brought by Cadac CEO Simon Nash (Nash) and…

Bad Bureaucrats – Threaten Them with Personal Liability

Whilst the vast majority of state officials are competent and honest, and deserving of our full support, there will always be a few “bad eggs” to contend with. We’ve all had our run-ins with state bureaucracy, and where it causes…

Property: What Are Your Rights to Views and Privacy?

There are a number of high court cases dealing with a property owners “right to a view” and it seems that with the number of new developments in sought after areas these issues will continue to come up. We’ve previously looked at…

When Can You Use a Liquidation Application to Collect Debt?

When you are struggling to recover your money from a recalcitrant debtor company, applying for its liquidation can be a very powerful collection tool.  Suddenly the directors are faced with the imminent prospect of completely losing control of their company,…

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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Barking Dogs Driving You Batty? Noisy Neighbours and the Interdict Option

“Nuisance usually involves repeated infringement of the Plaintiff’s property rights. An objective weighing up of the interests of the various parties, taking into account all the relevant circumstances is required …

Signing Surety – The Sting’s in the Tail

In the beginning ….. You are totally relaxed.  The bank won’t give your son / daughter / spouse / partner / company / friend a loan unless you sign surety …

Buying to Build in a Development?

There are many advantages to buying a vacant plot on which to build your dream house in a property development, but there are also potential risks to be managed.  Discuss …

Starting a Business in 2017: The Private Company Option

Episode 4:- In our last article in the series “Choosing the right legal entity for your business” we looked at the partnership option [link] for starting a new business. Let’s move on …

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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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…