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 senior associates, two associates, two candidate attorneys, and a number of support staff - all of whom commenced their careers with the firm. We also have two consultants at our 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…

Selwyn provides a brief introduction to Ashersons Attorneys.

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Let our professional team assist you in ensuring that your franchising businesses 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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