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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

Home Buyer loses R5.5m in Phishing Scam – Don’t Make the Same Mistake!
Home Buyer loses R5.5m in Phishing Scam – Don’t Make the Same Mistake!
June 25, 2024
“[The buyer] must in the circumstances take responsibility for her failure to protect herself against a known risk” (extract from judgment below) Cybercriminals absolutely love targeting property transactions because they provide the perfect mix of large money deposits, heavy reliance on email communication from trusted parties like attorneys, banks and estate agencies, and deadlines creating a s...
Brand-New Car Giving You Nightmares? CPA to the Rescue
Brand-New Car Giving You Nightmares? CPA to the Rescue
June 25, 2024
“The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) establishes a broad and comprehensive scope for consumer protection. Its purview includes developing and maintaining a consumer market in such a way as to ensure fairness, accessibility, effectiveness, sustainability and responsibility for the benefit of consumers” (Extract from judgment below) You drive your brand-new car home, eager to take the famil...
The New Cannabis Act: Here’s What You Will and Won’t Be Allowed to Do
The New Cannabis Act: Here’s What You Will and Won’t Be Allowed to Do
June 25, 2024
“It’s high time they legalised cannabis” (Anon) Much excitement has greeted the signing into law of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act, which will formally regulate the cultivation, possession, and use of cannabis by adults in a private setting and, says the Presidency, lays the groundwork for regulatory reforms “to allow for the industrialisation of the cannabis sector.” But although the new A...
Can You Sign an Affidavit Over Zoom?
Can You Sign an Affidavit Over Zoom?
June 25, 2024
“These technological developments would have seemed far-fetched and science fiction a brief few years ago.” (Extract from judgment below) It’s an important question – the invalidity of an affidavit could sink even the strongest case, so it’s vital to get this right. Of course, it’s always tempting to cut corners where you can on the commissioning side, and perhaps you urgently need to sign an affi...
Why an Oral Estate Agency Mandate Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On
Why an Oral Estate Agency Mandate Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On
June 3, 2024
“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” (Samuel Goldwyn) Perhaps you are a seller marketing your property through an estate agency, or a buyer asking an agent to find you one, or a landlord employing an agent to let out your property. Whatever the transaction involved, make sure that the agency mandate is in writing. The problem is that, because we have a human tendency to he...
Cannabis Policies in the Workplace: A Delicate Balancing Act
Cannabis Policies in the Workplace: A Delicate Balancing Act
June 3, 2024
“It is declared that the [employer]’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy is irrational and violates the right to privacy in section 14 of the Constitution, to the extent that it prohibits office-based employees that do not work with or within an environment that has, heavy, dangerous and similar equipment, from consuming cannabis in the privacy of their homes.” (Court order, below) A recent Lab...
Siblings Feuding Over a Business: Can You Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?
Siblings Feuding Over a Business: Can You Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?
June 3, 2024
“It is the purpose of this Act to afford the victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide” (Domestic Violence Act) When sibling rivalry escalates into physical or psychological abuse, victims should take advantage of the very strong protections offered to them by the Domestic Violence Act (“DVA”). As the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has put it:...
Contracting with Trusts – Is a Majority Resolution Valid?
Contracting with Trusts – Is a Majority Resolution Valid?
June 3, 2024
“Externally, trustees cannot disagree. In the external sphere the Trust functions by virtue of its resolutions, which have to be supported by the full complement of the Trust body.” (Extract from judgment below) A recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment provides yet another reminder to tread carefully when contracting with trusts. Your agreements with a trust will be invalid and unenforceab...
Shoprite Checker (Pty) Ltd v Mafate – a lesson on prescription (or the lack thereof)
Shoprite Checker (Pty) Ltd v Mafate – a lesson on prescription (or the lack thereof)
March 7, 2023
Shoprite Checkers has lost a case at the Supreme Court of Appeal (‘the SCA’) over whether a claim filed by a curator ad litem, on behalf of a temporary worker who was left permanently mentally incapacitated at work, had prescribed. The worker, who, on 15 October 2014, suffered a freak accident at work which left her brain damaged, had a curator appointed to look after her affairs in February 20...