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 decade, and we invite you to explore some of our historical highlights below.

 

  1. 2018

    Our History

    Ashersons Attorneys has a rich history going back nearly a decade. Feel free to explore some highlights of our past below.

  2. 2018

    Frances Everett joins the practice

    Frances Everett, a candidate attorney, 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.

  3. 2017

    Ryan M. Lin joins the practice

    Ryan M. Lin, a candidate attorney, joined Ashersons in January. Ryan has a keen interest in Consumer Protection Law, Liquor Law, Labour Law, Property Law and Commercial Law. You can read his professional profile here.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 2014

    Mame Amoateng joins the practice

    Mame Amoateng, an Associate, joined Ashersons in January. Mame holds a Master of Laws Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and has in depth knowledge of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the UNCITRAL Model Laws on International Commercial Arbitration You can read her professional profile here.

  7. 2012

    Kate Elliott joins the practice

    Kate Elliott (née Bosman), an Associate, joined Ashersons. Kate has experience in family law, criminal law, franchising law, and commercial litigation. She also has experience in contractual drafting and an in depth knowledge of the Consumer Protection Act. You can read her professional profile here.

  8. 2007

    Andrew Goldschmidt joins the practice

    Andrew Goldschmidt, a recently appointed 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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).