Andrew Goldschmidt, a Partnerat 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
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 One3 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 202014 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-192 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 Easier9 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 […]
Property Sales and Trusts: Demand Proof of Trustee Authority9 December 2019-Selling property to a trust comes with a particular risk, and it’s one that – although easily avoidable – still seems to catch sellers unawares on a regular basis. Not checking that the trustee/s signing the offer to purchase/deed of sale are fully authorised to do so could leave you with no sale at all! […]
Property Developers Beware: Deemed Accruals Can Seriously Disrupt Your Cash Flow11 January 2019-A recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment of Milnerton Estates Limited v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (1159/2017)  ZASCA 155 has confirmed that when a property developer enters into an agreement with a buyer to transfer the property, even if the developer only actually gets paid in a subsequent tax year, […]
What Happens If You Cancel Your Lease Early?30 May 2018-Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, chances are that sooner or later you are going to be asking yourself the question “What happens if the lease is cancelled early?” Of course there are no free lunches in life, and a tenant wanting to cancel before the lease has run its full course is going to have to pay at least something for the privilege. But how much that payment will be, and how much notice the tenant must give, depend on several factors…
Facebook Defamation – The Truth is not Enough!7 May 2018-Pretend for a moment that you are engaged in a bitter dispute – perhaps it’s a fight over money, a family feud or a messy divorce, a disaffected employee or a vengeful neighbour. You decide to resort to Social Media “to tell the truth” about your nemesis. You feel totally safe doing so – after […]
Child Maintenance in Arrears? The Contempt of Court Enforcement Option13 November 2017-Our law, in protecting the interests of children in particular, provides you with an array of options when it comes to enforcing payment of maintenance orders. One of them is to ask the court to jail the defaulter for “contempt of court”. The idea of course is that the threat of a stint behind bars […]
How the “Historical Rates” Judgment Affects You29 September 2017-“It is declared that, upon transfer of a property, a new owner is not liable for debts arising before transfer from the charge upon the property …” (Constitutional Court Order) How does the recent Constitutional Court decision [Jordaan and Others v City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Others; City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality v New […]