+27 21 461 6240 - [email protected] - 34 Plein Street, Cape Town

Our History

Established in 1920 by Raphael Asherson, Ashersons has become well known as a general practice offering its clients integrity and loyalty.  We have a rich history going back nearly a century, and we invite you to explore some of our historical highlights below.

  1. 2022
    Kaylee Dry joins the practice
    Kaylee Dry, a candidate attorney, joined Ashersons in April. Kaylee has a keen interest in Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution and Insolvency Law. You can read her professional profile here.
  2. 2021
    Ben Koen joins the practice
    Ben Koen, a candidate attorney, joined Ashersons in January. Ben Koen has a keen interest in Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution and Insolvency Law. You can read his professional profile here.
  3. 2020
    Daniel Horwitz joins the practice
    Daniel Horwitz, an associate, joined Ashersons in January. Daniel has a keen interest in Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution and Insolvency Law. You can read his professional profile here.
  4. 2020
    Ashersons Attorneys celebrates 100 years of practice!
    In 2020, Ashersons Attorneys turns 100 years old. Join us in celebrating this amazing milestone!
  5. 2019
    Derry-Ann Haldane joins the practice
    Derry-Ann Haldane, an associate, joined Ashersons in January. Derry-Ann has a keen interest in Family Law, Labour Law as well as Trusts and Estates. You can read her professional profile here.
  6. 2018
    Frances Everett joins the practice
    Frances Everett, an associate, joined Ashersons in January. Frances’ areas of interest include Commercial Law, Contract law, Property Law and particularly Intellectual Property Law, Competition Law and Consumer Protection Law. You can read her professional profile here.
  7. 2017
    Ryan M. Lin joins the practice
    Ryan M. Lin, an associate, joined Ashersons in January. Ryan left Ashersons in March 2020 and is in the process of qualifying as a solicitor of England and Wales.
  8. 2016
    Jaryd Kay joins the practice
    Jaryd Kay, an associate, joined Ashersons in January. Jaryd has experience in labour law, consumer protection and also has experience in drafting commercial and non-commercial contracts. You can read his professional profile here.
  9. 2015
    Online conveyancing calculator launched
    As a value-added service, Ashersons launches an online conveyancing cost calculator which provides an estimate as to transfer costs, bond registration costs, and a bond repayment calculator. You can access the calculator here.
  10. 2015
    Dean Pinto joins the practice
    Dean Pinto, a previous associate, joined Ashersons in January. Dean left Ashersons in July 2017 in order to further his career working in banking and finance.
  11. 2014
    Emily Wilkes joins the practice
    Emily Wilkes, previously a associate at the firm, joined Ashersons in January. Emily left Ashersons in August 2016 in order to complete a counselling course (as counselor) in Argentina, South America.
  12. 2014
    Alex Tarr joins the practice
    Alex Tarr, previously an associate at the firm, joined Ashersons in January. Alex was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in February 2016 after having completed his articles at Ashersons, then took up a post with the DA working at Parliament.
  13. 2014
    Mame Amoateng joins the practice
    Mame Amoateng, previously a senior associate at the firm, joined Ashersons in January. Mame unfortunately left Ashersons in July 2021 in order to take up a position at another law firm in Cape Town. We wish her the best of luck in the future.
  14. 2012
    Tahlia Yesorsky joins the practice
    Tahlia Yesorsky, previously an associate, joined Ashersons. Tahlia left Ashersons in October 2017 in order to join another law firm in Cape Town.
  15. 2012
    Kate Elliott joins the practice
    Kate Elliott (née Bosman), previously a senior associate, joined Ashersons. After a 9-year career at the firm, Kate left Ashersons in June 2021 in order to take up a position as the CEO at Right to Repair South Africa and also The Road Ethics Project. We wish her the best of luck moving forwards.
  16. 2010
    Camilla van der Walt joins the practice
    Camilla can der Walt, a previous associate, joined Ashersons in January. Camilla left Ashersons in December 2014 in order to work as a Legal Researcher at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
  17. 2007
    Andrew Goldschmidt joins the practice
    Andrew Goldschmidt, a Partner, joined the firm. 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 disputes. You can read his professional profile here.
  18. 1996
    Ashersons assists Cash Crusaders in drafting its first franchise agreement
    Ashersons Attorneys assisted Cash Crusaders, a respected national franchised brand, in drafting its first franchise agreement which contributed towards Cash Crusaders becoming part of the South African mainstream retail franchising landscape – currently boasting over 200 franchised stores.
  19. 1988
    The transfer of the smallest piece of land in Cape Town is registered
    In order to rectify a previous mistake in a property diagram, Ashersons attended to the registration of transfer of the smallest piece of land in the history of the Cape Town Deed’s office – a piece of land of only 1m2.
  20. 1985
    Selwyn Zackon joins the practice
    Selwyn Zackon, a Partner, 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, and litigator. You can read his professional profile here.
  21. 1985
    One of the first firms to get a fax machine!
    Ashersons Attorneys was one of the very first firms to acquire a fax machine after they were launched in South Africa.
  22. 1985
    The final re-branding of the firm to its current name, “Ashersons Attorneys”
    “R Asherson and Asherson” went through a further re-branding, and became known simply as Ashersons Attorneys.
  23. 1982
    Ashersons adopts a state-of-the-art word processing application
    Ashersons Attorneys was one of the very first firms in South Africa to move away from using electric typewriters and adopt a state-of-the-art word processing system, which was originally written by the late Jonathan Asherson based on the Lex Elite program.
  24. 1981
    Rafi Weiner joins the practice
    Rafi Weiner, a Partner, joined Ashersons in 1981. His areas of expertise include Family, Aviation and Administrative Law where he is one of a few attorneys in Cape Town who represent outdoor advertising companies. You can read his professional profile here.
  25. 1973
    Ashersons Attorneys moves offices
    Ashersons Attorneys moves offices from St. George’s Mall to its present offices situate at 34 Plein Street, officially known as Ashersons Chambers.
  26. 1971
    The first sectional title register was opened in Cape Town
    In the same year as the enactment of the original Sectional Title Act 1971, Donald Asherson filed the very first application to open a sectional title register in Cape Town. Since then, sectional title developments have become quite common.
  27. 1967
    Ashersons assists in pioneering the first restaurant franchise agreements
    Jonathan Asherson assisted in pioneering the very first restaurant/food franchise agreements in South Africa, assisting Spur in growing into one of the most recognised brands in the country!
  28. 1962
    Jonathan Dudley Asherson joins the practice
    Jonathan Asherson joins his father (Donald) and uncles (Benny and Raphael) in the practice, completing his articles and then being admitted as an attorney in 1967. Jonathan remained with the firm for 51 years and was the last of the Ashersons in the firm.
  29. 1956
    Ashersons assists Golden Arrow in a hostile takeover of The Cape Electric Tramways (1949) Limited
    Donald Asherson assisted Issy Pasvolsky in a hostile takeover of The Cape Electric Tramways (1949) Limited. The transaction was described as one of the biggest transactions in the history of South African transport business and was very unusual because Golden Arrow was a much smaller company (operating just 85 buses) while The Cape Electric Tramways (1949) Limited operated over 575 buses!
  30. 1937
    Benjamin “Benny” Asherson joins his brothers in the practice
    Benjamin “Benny” Asherson joins his two brothers, Raphael and Donald, in the practice as a partner. The practice then consisted of three brothers working together.
  31. 1931
    Donald Asherson joins his brother in the practice
    Donald Asherson joins his brother Raphael Asherson in the practice as partners, and the practice is re-branded as R Asherson and Asherson.
  32. 1920
    R Asherson Attorneys Founded
    The law practice of R Asherson Attorneys was founded by Raphael Asherson in 1920, and the original Cape Town office was opened in the Netherlands Bank Building, 85 St. George’s Mall (the current Nedbank building).