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Welcome to Ashersons Attorneys

Our professional team of lawyers are ...

Proud to be part of a 100 year old firm
Ashersons was established in 1920 by Raphael Asherson. Since then, Ashersons has grown into a full service boutique legal practice. All of our professional team commenced articles at the firm. Our faithful receptionist, Fatima, has been at the firm for over 40 years and Golda, our conveyancing specialist who has since retired, worked at the firm for just less than 50 years!
Passionate about the law
In the same way that our bookkeepers are passionate about bookkeeping, our receptionist is passionate about communicating with people, and our tea lady is passionate about tea - all of our staff (professional and our amazing support team) are passionate about the law and about providing the best legal service possible to clients.
More than happy to go the extra mile
Going the extra mile is defined as doing more without being asked. We believe that going the extra mile for clients is important and sets us apart from the average law firm. We understand that people who are happy in their career are not only more productive, but they are more likely to go the extra mile - even when it is not asked or expected of them.
Aware that time is money and people are cost sensitive
According to the old proverb, “time is a valuable resource, therefore it's better to do things as quickly as possible.” We believe that being able to deliver a quality product at a reasonable fee is of utmost importance in ensuring a long-term relationship with clients. Doing something properly the first time saves not only time, but also money and patience.

Recent articles by our team

When Company Directors and Shareholders Come to Blows
When Company Directors and Shareholders Come to Blows
April 1, 2021
In companies both large and small, relationships between shareholders and directors can and do run into difficulty occasionally. When that happens, you have several remedies to choose from in the Companies Act. One of them, “relief from oppressive or prejudicial conduct” is particularly versatile, with courts empowered to order a wide range of remedial action ranging from share transfers to remova...
Can an Employee Who Refuses Vaccination be Fired?
Can an Employee Who Refuses Vaccination be Fired?
April 1, 2021
Most of us will celebrate the day we are offered a COVID-19 vaccination, but here in South Africa as overseas it seems inevitable that a significant number of people will refuse to be vaccinated. The reasons given for this stance have been many and varied, some mainstream and reasonable, others less so. Perhaps some of those refusing will reconsider if and when they find they are denied opportu...
Who Gets the House on Divorce?
Who Gets the House on Divorce?
April 1, 2021
Historically 44% of South African marriages have ended in divorce, and there has reportedly been a 20% surge in new divorce applications since lockdown. For those unfortunate couples whose marriages do eventually fall apart, often the most important asset in play from both a financial and an emotional perspective is the family home. So it is crucial for any couple contemplating marriage, or cur...
Landlords: Can You Cut Electricity to Collect Arrears or Evict?
Landlords: Can You Cut Electricity to Collect Arrears or Evict?
March 2, 2021
Landlords can be sorely tempted to force defaulting tenants to settle their arrears (or to vacate the premises altogether) with a bit of instant “self-help” by cutting electricity or water supplies, or perhaps by changing locks or disabling access codes. From the High Court comes another timely warning that you cannot resort to self-help without risking an immediate and costly “spoliation order...
Can Employees Resign to Dodge Disciplinary Hearings?
Can Employees Resign to Dodge Disciplinary Hearings?
March 2, 2021
It’s an age-old workplace dodge - threatened with a disciplinary hearing and fearing a guilty verdict, an employee resigns with immediate effect and walks out the door with a defiant “Well that’s it, you just lost your right to discipline me. See you around, loser”. No longer! Our courts have dealt with this issue often in the past in various guises and with conflicting outcomes. Fortunately, a...
Buying and Selling Property: Nine Important Questions
Buying and Selling Property: Nine Important Questions
March 2, 2021
When you buy or sell your “Home Sweet Home”, particularly for the first time, the process can seem complicated, the terminology confusing, and the risks of making a costly mistake intimidating. You are after all dealing with quite possibly your most important asset! To help you navigate the process, as either seller or buyer, here are some common questions, with answers. Where can I get a simp...
Suing a Debtor – Make Sure Your Victory Isn’t a Hollow One
Suing a Debtor – Make Sure Your Victory Isn’t a Hollow One
February 3, 2021
With our economic woes unlikely to abate any time soon, expect an increasing number of your debtors to find themselves in financial difficulty. If you end up litigating against any of them the last thing you will want to do is to throw good money after bad. And whilst fighting a court case and winning against a recalcitrant debtor is all very well, it’s a hollow victory if by the time you come ...
Be Prepared for The Cost of Dying
Be Prepared for The Cost of Dying
February 3, 2021
No one wants to contemplate their own passing, but the reality is that sooner or later it is inevitable, and particularly in these dangerous times we need always to be prepared. The loss of a loved one is always distressing. It can however be compounded by the challenge of dealing with their assets. Few people appreciate all the costs involved in settling an estate. Understanding these expen...
Buying a Property: Check the Seller’s Marital Status!
Buying a Property: Check the Seller’s Marital Status!
February 3, 2021
If you are taking advantage of our current low interest rates and reduced selling prices to buy a property, make sure that you establish the seller’s marital status with something more than what the seller tells you. Your risk comes in if the seller is married in community of property. That’s because, whilst our law generally allows spouses in such a marriage to “perform any juristic act with r...