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.

Plot and Plan: The strange case of the unsigned sale agreement

You buy a plot in a residential development and the developer agrees to build you a house to stated specifications and plans.  You pay in full for the plot and it is transferred into your name.  All good so far.…

Employees: Must you report wrongdoers? A violent strike illustrates

“…an employee bound implicitly by a duty of good faith towards the employer breaches that duty by remaining silent about knowledge possessed by the employee regarding the business interests of the employer being improperly undermined”  (Extract from judgment below) Our…

Companies:  How private are shareholders’ details?

“Privacy, like other rights, is not absolute. As a person moves into communal relations and activities such as business and social interaction, the scope of personal space shrinks” (Extract from judgment below) All companies – big and small, public and…

Meter Wars: A Consumer Strikes Back

You challenge the accuracy of a services account from your local municipality, thus:  “Your meter must be wrong, no way was my consumption that high”.  The reply:  “We’ve tested the meter and it works fine. Pay up or face disconnection”.…

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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Infringement of your right to privacy under the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act

Consider the following scenario:- Its 3am in the morning and you have just got your two year old child asleep. You are exhausted. Just before closing your eyes, you hear …

Starting a business? We discuss the partnership option

Episode 3:- In our last article in the series “Choosing the right legal entity for your business (link)” we looked at the sole proprietorship [link] option.  Let’s move on to the partnership …

Neighbours behaving badly: Nip illegal building in the bud!

Bad neighbours don’t just impinge on your enjoyment of your property; they can also cause serious harm to its value.  So if you notice illegal building activity next door, move …

Baby Boomers: At What Age Must You Retire?

Employers need to be particularly on their guard for cases in which a workplace dismissal is automatically unfair.  Our courts take a particularly dim view of discrimination cases falling into …

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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Copyright in cyberspace: New guidelines for online publishers

The high profile Moneyweb (Pty) Limited v Media 24 Limited High Court judgment is significant for all online publishers.  In a nutshell, Fin 24 was ordered to pay damages to Moneyweb for copyright infringement in respect of one article, but…

Property Agreements – an alteration which would sink your sale!

Although in our law most verbal contracts are binding, property sale agreements are an exception.   They must be in writing and signed by the parties to be valid, the reason being that it greatly reduces the risk of confusion or…

The Panama Papers, SARS and the (proposed) new SVDP

The Panama leaks, last year’s HSBC leaks, and OECD’s “Automatic Exchange of Information initiative” all suggest that South African residents with accounts and investments in foreign tax jurisdictions should ensure that they are fully compliant with all their local and…

Pyramid Schemes: Easy to fall for, and even early birds lose the worm

Pyramid schemes are in the news again. They are easy to fall for, with not only desperate pensioners and low-wage earners but also Captains of Industry and many otherwise-savvy investors regularly tricked into “investing” in them.  The reason of course…