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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

Fired for Off-Duty CBD Oil Use and Cannabis Smoking
Fired for Off-Duty CBD Oil Use and Cannabis Smoking
August 2, 2022
The Constitutional Court’s limited legalisation of personal cannabis use in private seems to have lulled some employees into a false sense of security when it comes to their employer’s right to restrict their cannabis use. A recent Labour Court decision of Enever v Barloworld Equipment, a division of Barloworld South Africa (PTY) Ltd (JS 633/20;JS926/20) [2022] ZALCJHB 161  illustrates. Not st...
The Trouble with Family Loans: A R540,000 Lesson
The Trouble with Family Loans: A R540,000 Lesson
August 2, 2022
“Family helps family in times of need” - that’s been part of human culture since long before the dawn of history but be sure to observe all legal formalities. A recent High Court decision of Herclass and Another v Herclass (2322/2021) [2022] ZAFSHC 157 provides an excellent example of the risks of not doing so. Parents lose R540,000 A daughter in the middle of a divorce borrowed R540,000 from he...
Directors – When Are They Personally Liable?
Directors – When Are They Personally Liable?
August 2, 2022
Particularly in hard times, it is not at all uncommon to find yourself unable to recover a debt from a company in financial straits whilst at the same time you know that its directors hold assets in their own names. Can you attack them personally? The answer is founded in the centuries-old concept of companies as separate legal entities or “juristic persons”. They trade in their own names and h...
12 Questions to Ask Before You Sign That Deed of Sale
12 Questions to Ask Before You Sign That Deed of Sale
August 2, 2022
Whether you are buying or selling property, remember that it is too late to ask questions after you sign the Deed of Sale (often called a “Sale Agreement” or “Offer to Purchase”). “Knowledge is power” rings particularly true when it comes to any form of process with significant legal consequences, so here are some of the important questions you should ask upfront, before you commit to anything ...
Verbal agreements – not much good, but lots of bad and ugly
Verbal agreements – not much good, but lots of bad and ugly
July 4, 2022
A common myth – one that can get you into a whole lot of trouble if you aren’t alive to it - is that verbal contracts are not legally enforceable in South Africa. The opposite is true. With very few exceptions, our law will hold you to all your agreements, whether oral or written. What verbal agreements aren’t binding? Not many. Only a few types of agreement must be in writing to be fully val...
Rights of admission reserved and the latest mask polices
Rights of admission reserved and the latest mask polices
July 4, 2022
President Ramaphosa announced the termination of the National State of Disaster on 4 April 2022. The two-year long regulatory scheme came to an end as all regulations established under S27(2) of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 were repealed. However, the repeal persevered certain transitional provisions which were to be terminated 30 days after the President’s announcement. On 4 May 2...
Bodies Corporate: forcing access to units, and round robin resolutions
Bodies Corporate: forcing access to units, and round robin resolutions
July 3, 2022
Owning your own property comes with a raft of benefits, including a general right to privacy and control over who can access your property and who can’t. But of course there are exceptions. And apart from the obvious ones, a recent High Court judgment of The Body Corporate of the Sorronto Sectional Title Scheme, Parow v Koordom and Another (5439/2021) [2022] ZAWCHC 99 highlights one that is par...
Trusts on divorce: Are you stuck with an ex-spouse as a trustee?
Trusts on divorce: Are you stuck with an ex-spouse as a trustee?
July 2, 2022
Trusts may be formed for a variety of reasons, and the purpose and structure of each trust will inform the choice of trustees. When it comes to families aiming to preserve and protect family assets for future generations, often both spouses are appointed not only as beneficiaries, but also as trustees. That’s a great scenario whilst the marriage prospers, but what happens on divorce? A recent H...
Buying and Selling Property: Who Pays What Costs?
Buying and Selling Property: Who Pays What Costs?
July 2, 2022
Don’t risk not knowing what you’re doing when you either sell or buy property. Avoid nasty shocks by budgeting properly for the costs you will incur – some of them can be substantial, and some are less obvious than others. The checklists below are of necessity not exhaustive and you would do well to take specific professional advice and to get cost quotes before you finalise your financial plan...