Selwyn Zackon, a Partner at Ashersons, 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.
He has an excellent knowledge of intellectual property law, including franchising, copyrights, trademarks and patents, and is one of a few lawyers who is a specialist in liquor licences.
Recent Articles by Selwyn Zackon
Bodies Corporate: Before You Sequestrate to Recover Arrears 5 July 2021 - One of a Body Corporate’s fundamental duties is to collect monthly levies from the scheme’s members, and to take robust action to recover any arrears. As with any other creditor/debtor relationship however, trying to recover debt can be an exercise in frustration and delay, and the more recalcitrant the debtor, the greater the temptation to […] Companies: Are Restraints of Trade Valid in a Time of Covid? 13 May 2021 - Consider this unhappy (but not unlikely) scenario: For whatever reason, you part ways with your fellow director/shareholder (or perhaps a key employee), who goes off immediately to join (or found) the opposition. Now you have a major problem – he/she was privy to all your trade secrets and confidential information and they are now being […] When Company Directors and Shareholders Come to Blows 1 April 2021 - In companies both large and small, relationships between shareholders and directors can and do run into difficulty occasionally. When that happens, you have several remedies to choose from in the Companies Act. One of them, “relief from oppressive or prejudicial conduct” is particularly versatile, with courts empowered to order a wide range of remedial action […] Options to Renew Leases – Risks for Landlords and Tenants 3 September 2020 - Leases often give tenants an option to extend or renew at the end of the current term, and tenants who lose sight of the value and importance of such an option are flirting with disaster. Tenants In a nutshell, when the time comes to exercise your option do comply fully with the clause’s requirements. Make […] Beware the Building Deadlines When Buying-to-Build 11 January 2019 - The case of Walker and Another v Cilantro Residential Estate Homeowners Association (A3067/16)  ZAGPJHC 299 is yet another warning from our courts to take seriously the building deadlines commonly imposed on buyers of plots in residential estates. Failure to comply with them could expose you to heavy fines, recurring penalties and even the risk of […] Trustees: Your Risk of Personal Liability in Property Sales 1 February 2018 - Firstly, a warning to anyone selling or buying property to/from a trust – have your lawyer check upfront that you are adequately protected by the terms of the sale agreement. The problem is that contracting with trusts has its own specific set of rules and, as a recent High Court case of Goldex 16 (Pty) Ltd […] The R1m Buffalo That Died: A Lesson in Passing of Risk 5 September 2017 - We buy and sell things every day, and no doubt most of us assume that it is only when we become the owner that we take the risk of our purchase being damaged or destroyed. Not always – in our law, passing of ownership and passing of risk are two different concepts, and although in […] When Can You Use a Liquidation Application to Collect Debt? 2 February 2017 - When you are struggling to recover your money from a recalcitrant debtor company, applying for its liquidation can be a very powerful collection tool. Suddenly the directors are faced with the imminent prospect of completely losing control of their company, its business and its assets to a liquidator. If the directors are just fighting a […] Property Agreements – an alteration which would sink your sale! 6 June 2016 - Although in our law most verbal contracts are binding, property sale agreements are an exception. They must be in writing and signed by the parties to be valid, the reason being that it greatly reduces the risk of confusion or dispute as to what the buyer and seller have actually agreed. In practice of course, […] Pyramid Schemes: Easy to fall for, and even early birds lose the worm 26 April 2016 - Pyramid schemes are in the news again. They are easy to fall for, with not only desperate pensioners and low-wage earners but also Captains of Industry and many otherwise-savvy investors regularly tricked into “investing” in them. The reason of course is that the con artists behind these schemes are adept at hiding their true nature, […] High Court Appeals – when the wrong tree barks back 16 November 2015 - A case analysis on where, when, how and to whom an appeal should be brought Introduction For many High Court litigants, a court order granting the relief requested will be a final nail in the proverbial coffin. Following months – if not years – of legal fees, very few unsuccessful parties to a suit will […]