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Andrew Goldschmidt

Andrew GoldschmidtAndrew 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 disputes.

Andrew has experience in all aspects of insolvency-related matters including Liquidation and Sequestration applications.

He has advised numerous clients on matters pertaining to the National Credit Act and the Consumer Protection Act and how they affect, amongst other things, lease agreements.



Recent Articles by Andrew Goldschmidt
South Africans – Don’t Lose Your Own Citizenship When You Apply for Another! 1 October 2021 - A recent High Court judgment in Democratic Alliance v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (48418/2018) [2021] ZAGPPHC 500 has confirmed that you will lose your South African citizenship if you apply for citizenship of any other country without prior Ministerial permission. It is irrelevant whether you are South African by birth or not. It […]
Property Sellers: Why, How and When to Choose Your Own Conveyancer 1 October 2021 - For many of us, our home is our most important asset so when it comes time for us to sell, do everything possible to ensure that your interests are fully protected, that the sale goes through quickly and smoothly, and that you are paid without unnecessary delay. Appointing the right conveyancer is key here. Let’s […]
Don’t Risk Consequential “Loss of Profits” Damages: Check Your Contracts and Insurance! 1 September 2021 - One of the risks you run in any business is being sued for losses you cause to someone else. Although normally your risk of legal liability is linked to the claimant proving some form of negligence on your part (i.e. the onus is on the claimant to prove your negligence), there are exceptions. To take […]
Noisy Neighbours – Your Rights, and Buyers Beware! 2 August 2021 - We’ve all had them – noisy neighbours whose dogs bark incessantly, whose late-night parties leave everyone sleep-deprived, whose businesses make working from home and relaxing in the garden an impossibility. We’ll have a look at two aspects of this problem, starting with the option of taking your neighbours to court if a friendly approach to […]
Buying Property from a Company – Should You Buy the Shares or the House? 5 July 2021 - You find the house of your dreams, agree on the price and get ready to put pen to paper. The house is in the name of a company, and you are offered a choice – either buy the house out of the company or take over the company (which owns the house and nothing else) […]
When Bond Clauses Sink Sales 7 June 2021 - Selling or buying a house is a time of excitement and the culmination of a lot of time and effort on your part, so as soon as the ink dries on your signed sale agreement you will want the transfer process to get underway, and you will want it to keep going without a hitch. […]
Landlords: Can You Cut Electricity to Collect Arrears or Evict? 2 March 2021 - Landlords can be sorely tempted to force defaulting tenants to settle their arrears (or to vacate the premises altogether) with a bit of instant “self-help” by cutting electricity or water supplies, or perhaps by changing locks or disabling access codes. From the High Court comes another timely warning that you cannot resort to self-help without […]
Suing a Debtor – Make Sure Your Victory Isn’t a Hollow One 3 February 2021 - With our economic woes unlikely to abate any time soon, expect an increasing number of your debtors to find themselves in financial difficulty. If you end up litigating against any of them the last thing you will want to do is to throw good money after bad. And whilst fighting a court case and winning […]
Don’t Fall Victim to a Ponzi Scheme in 2021! 14 January 2021 - 2021 could well be a bumper year for Ponzi schemes (and their equally evil cousins, pyramid schemes). They flourish in all countries and at all times, but with our pandemic-related economic woes and general disruption we will no doubt provide the scamsters with particularly fertile ground this year. And these schemes just never go away. […]
Is Your Will Valid? 2 October 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 […]
Prescribed rate of interest has dropped to 7% as from 1 September 2020 14 September 2020 - In one of our previous articles (Recent changes to the prescribed rate of interest) we looked at the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act and we explained that it provides for the calculation of interest at a prescribed rate on an interest-bearing debt where the rate is not governed by any law, agreement or otherwise. We […]
Property: Don’t Pay Double Commission! 3 September 2020 - With many property sellers allowing multiple estate agencies to market their properties in their attempts to sell during what is still (for the moment at least) a buyer’s market, now is perhaps a good time to remind both sellers and buyers of the double commission danger. Consider this scenario – you mandate an agent who […]
Directors and Business Rescue in the Time of COVID-19 2 July 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown have opened up new avenues of profit for some businesses, but they have also subjected many others to the spectre of business failure. Unfortunately, we can expect the level of bankruptcies to surge for some time to come, and the domino effect will multiply the numbers until our […]
Does an Expired Lease Automatically Continue Month-to-Month? At What Rental? 3 February 2020 - Your residential fixed-term lease expires but for whatever reason you don’t sign a new one. Nor does the lease say anything about what will happen on expiry. Is there still any form of valid lease in place and if so what terms and conditions apply? What rent is payable? To avoid confusion over the answers […]
Visiting South Africa with Kids Just Became Easier 9 December 2019 - With the Festive Season (and our Summer Holidays!) well and truly upon us, you may be inviting family or friends to visit you from overseas with their children, or perhaps you are a foreigner planning a family trip to South Africa. Either way here’s some good news in the form of a welcome concession from […]