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.

Instalment sale agreements: when can a seller cancel?

A recent decision handed down by the Constitutional Court in the matter of Amardien and Others v Registrar of Deeds and Others [2018] ZACC 47 confirms the steps to be taken by a seller before he may unilaterally cancel an…

When Should You Sue Rogue Employees? A R33m Example

Employers, ever mindful of the comprehensive legal rights and protections provided to employees by our labour laws, need to know that on the other side of the coin they too have rights, and that our courts will come to their…

Trustees at War: The Removal Remedy and Its Limits

What happens when a trust’s trustees fall out and go to war with each other? If a polite request to the minority trustee to resign bears no fruit, can the majority forcibly remove him or her? And if so, must…

Traffic Fines and Admissions of Guilt – Will They Earn You a Criminal Record?

We live our lives beset by so many laws and regulations that even the most law-abiding of citizens will sooner or later be accused of some petty offence or other and then faced with the question “Do I fight this…

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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Property Buyers: Beware Unlawful Occupiers!

If you plan to buy a house before the property market starts to recover from its present doldrums, be aware of the risks you face if anyone is currently in …

Proving Your Claim in a Liquidation or Sequestration – When You Should, and When You Shouldn’t

Having to write off bad debt is one thing – having to pay in even more money for the privilege is just adding insult to injury. Yet that is exactly the …

Private Schools and Parents Behaving Badly – the Expulsion Option

Here’s a recent Supreme Court of Appeal decision of A B and Another v Pridwin Preparatory School and Others (1134/2017) [2018] ZASCA 150 which is of importance and interest to all schools, …

Property Owners, Buyers and Agents: Check for the Title Deeds Before 25 February!

The last thing you want in any property transfer is any more delay and cost than is already built into the process.  Unhappily, that is exactly what is in store if …

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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Property Developers Beware: Deemed Accruals Can Seriously Disrupt Your Cash Flow

A recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment of Milnerton Estates Limited v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (1159/2017) [2018] ZASCA 155 has confirmed that when a property developer enters into an agreement with a buyer to transfer…

Victims of Corruption Take Heart – “Big Chief” Gets 15 Years Behind Bars

We are all of us tired of reading about the rampant corruption in our society, and even if you aren’t one of the many businesses or individuals directly affected, everyone is ultimately a victim. Let’s take heart then from two…

Beware the Building Deadlines When Buying-to-Build

The case of Walker and Another v Cilantro Residential Estate Homeowners Association (A3067/16) [2016] ZAGPJHC 299 is yet another warning from our courts to take seriously the building deadlines commonly imposed on buyers of plots in residential estates. Failure to comply…

Paternity Leave and Minimum Wages – How Will The New Laws Affect You?

Employers and employees need to know about four new Acts which will usher in important changes to our labour laws. The summary below is a short one of only those changes likely to affect a significant number of people and…