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Welcome to Ashersons Attorneys

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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

Collecting Maintenance in Hard Times – Threaten Jail Time
Collecting Maintenance in Hard Times – Threaten Jail Time
November 3, 2020
Getting money out of serial maintenance defaulters is a notoriously difficult exercise, but even the most recalcitrant and cunning dodger will baulk at the prospect of being locked up for contempt of court. And our courts, mindful of their position as “upper guardian” to all children, have shown again and again that they will have no hesitation in acting firmly against the sort of bad-faith def...
POPIA: A Practical 4-Step Action Plan for your Business
POPIA: A Practical 4-Step Action Plan for your Business
November 3, 2020
The media is still awash with warnings about the dangers of not complying with POPIA (the Protection of Personal Information Act). The risks of non-compliance are indeed substantial but whilst much is made of the fact that the Act itself is now in force, references to the one-year grace period for compliance expiring on 30 June 2021 appear only in the fine print (if at all). But – and this i...
Does Your Dog Bite? Your (Substantial) Risk Remains
Does Your Dog Bite? Your (Substantial) Risk Remains
November 3, 2020
Dog owners (in fact owners of any potentially dangerous domesticated animal) should take note of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA)’s recent refusal to extend the legal defences open to you if you are sued for injuries and losses caused by your animal. Your risk is substantial – the dog owner in this case is being sued for R2.3m. Three dogs savage a passer-by An “itinerant gardener and refuse co...
Parking Bay Disputes – Enforcing Complex Rules
Parking Bay Disputes – Enforcing Complex Rules
November 3, 2020
There are many advantages to living in residential estates and sectional title developments, but there are also rules and responsibilities. A common source of friction in complexes is parking, leading to complaints such as “there’s never any parking for my visitors because owners hog the visitor bays for their own cars” and “our complex roads are a nightmare of parked cars jutting out of drivew...
Friends and Lovers: Before You Lend Out Your Car…
Friends and Lovers: Before You Lend Out Your Car…
October 2, 2020
What happens if you lend your car to a friend (or, as happened in the High Court dispute we will refer to, a lover) who refuses point blank to give it back when asked to do so? Can you simply go to court and say “Here are the registration papers. They prove that it’s my car so no matter what, I am the owner and entitled to get it back, end of argument”? That might seem logical but as we shal...
Home Businesses – Is Yours Legal?
Home Businesses – Is Yours Legal?
October 2, 2020
The concepts of working from home and running home businesses have always been with us, but never before have they played such a central role in our lifestyle and property choices. After looking at “what’s hot” in the resultant property market trends, we’ll discuss what our laws have to say about the legality of conducting any one of three categories of business operations from residential prem...
Landlords and Tenants: Alert Level 1 and the New Eviction Rules
Landlords and Tenants: Alert Level 1 and the New Eviction Rules
October 2, 2020
Landlords and tenants alike should understand the regulations applicable to tenant evictions during the National State of Disaster. Many tenants are of course finding it hard to meet their monthly rental commitments, whilst landlords still have to fund their ongoing expenses and will be keen to be rid of problem tenants preventing them from doing so. That requires a careful balancing act, an...
Is Your Will Valid?
Is Your Will Valid?
October 2, 2020
We live in particularly dangerous times, and making sure that our affairs are in order is perhaps even more vital for us all than before. Leaving a will in place is of course the only way to properly protect your loved ones after you are gone. Take steps now to ensure that it will be accepted as valid and that there is as little danger as possible of it being challenged in any way. That’s no...
Options to Renew Leases – Risks for Landlords and Tenants
Options to Renew Leases – Risks for Landlords and Tenants
September 3, 2020
Leases often give tenants an option to extend or renew at the end of the current term, and tenants who lose sight of the value and importance of such an option are flirting with disaster. Tenants In a nutshell, when the time comes to exercise your option do comply fully with the clause’s requirements. Make sure also that you understand and accept the exact wording of the renewal clause before yo...