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Our Divorce Attorneys are trial Lawyers and we regularly appear in the different Courts throughout South Africa from Johannesburg and Pretoria to Durban and Cape Town Magistrates Courts and High Courts

ATTORNEYS

Martin Vermaak Divorce Attorney

Martin Vermaak

ATTORNEYS

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~ Albert Einstein

Martin Vermaak

I grew up in Pretoria with the love and support of a close-knit family.After completing school, and at the time conscription was in place, I became a Police Officer.

I was stationed at the Sandton Detective Branch and worked as a Commissioned Officer with the rank of Detective Captain by the time I left to pursue law.

While in the Police, I studied and obtained two Diplomas and my first Law Degree.

I served articles as a Candidate Attorney, where I was exposed to various fields of law.

When my articles were done, I started practising law as an Advocate in 2001 for my own account whilst conducting forensic investigations for corporate companies.

I have extensive experience in Forensic Investigations, Criminal Law, and Labour Law.

In 2004, I was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and had practised as such since then.

Much to my surprise, from 2004 onwards, my practice evolved and became a divorce and family law practice. I always say that I did not choose family law – it chose me.

Passionate about practising Divorce and Family Law, I love to use my forensic investigation skills in high-value, complicated divorce matters.

Sometimes I’m quoted in the National Press and interviewed on the Radio regarding divorce and family law matters.

My speciality is complex, high net worth, and international divorces.

Away from the law, I am a family man and an avid aviator, and I enjoy flying small aeroplanes such as Cessna 172s and Bat Hawks.

Education 

Diploma Personnel Management

Diploma Industrial Relations

B. Proc

LLB

I am currently busy with my Master of Laws in Family Law (LLM)

Professional Associations

Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Attorney with Right of Appearance in the High Court.

Gauteng Family Law Forum – Member

The Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners – Associate Membership

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Associate Membership

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Philip Mostert Attorney

Philip Mostert

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Philip Mostert

I am an Admitted Attorney with extensive experience in family law and commercial litigation, and I hold the right of appearance in the High Court.

My legal journey has provided me with a diverse background, having worked in various areas of law, including General Litigation, Divorce, Family Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Commercial matters, Third Party Compensation, Medical Law, Debt Collection, Contracts, Property Law, and Labor Disputes, among others.

This wide-ranging exposure has honed my skills and allowed me to develop a keen eye for detail and exceptional organisational abilities.

My passion for the law extends beyond the courtroom. I derive great satisfaction from compiling legal opinions on complex matters and conducting thorough research to expand my knowledge and expertise continually. This drive has cultivated a goal-oriented and decisive work ethic, allowing me to approach challenges with confidence and efficiency.

Moreover, I am proficient in both English and Afrikaans, having been schooled and studied in English while also being fluent in my home language. This linguistic proficiency enables me to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Beyond my legal prowess, I possess a pleasant and approachable demeanour, making me a natural fit for working with people. Collaborating with clients, colleagues, and opposing parties is something I genuinely enjoy, and my pleasant nature contributes to building positive relationships.

My comprehensive skill set and positive character make me an invaluable asset to any organisation. I am confident in contributing significantly to Martin Vermaak Attorneys’ growth, profitability, and reputation through my dedication to delivering exceptional legal services and unwavering commitment to achieving favourable client outcomes.

Education

LLB

Professional Associations

Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Attorney with Right of Appearance in the High Court.

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Jason Clark

Jason Clark

Justice delayed is justice denied.-William E. Gladstone

Jason Clark 

I’m Jason Clark, and I’m not just your typical Admitted Attorney. The law isn’t just a profession for me; it’s my passion, my driving force. My journey began with an LLB, where I realised my love for the intricacies of legal communication and negotiation.

As I delved deeper into the world of law, I discovered the power of trial management and the thrill of representing clients in civil and criminal litigation. The courtroom became my stage, and I relished every opportunity to fight for justice.

But it didn’t end there. I wanted to be a master of my craft, so I pursued an LLM in Mercantile Law. The complexities of this specialised field intrigued me, and I found myself immersed in conducting internal investigations, ensuring integrity and compliance for businesses.

Above all, my heart lies in family law. Guiding individuals through emotional and legal matters and striving to impact their lives positively brings me immense fulfilment.

Being an attorney is more than just a job; it’s a calling. I pour my dedication, passion, and heart into every case, advocating fiercely for my client’s rights and well-being. The law is not just a profession; it’s a part of who I am, and I am committed to making a difference through my unwavering pursuit of justice.

Let’s navigate the legal landscape together, and I promise to bring my utmost dedication and expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes for you.

Education

LLB, LLM (Mercantile Law).

Professional Associations

Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Attorney with Right of Appearance in the High Court.

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Thato Mochitele

Thato Mochitele

People often view “big cases” as those that have an effect on broader society, but the smaller and less political cases are often the most intense -Dikgang Moseneke

Thato Mochitele

I am a proud graduate of the University of South Africa – having been conferred an LLB Degree.

During my undergraduate studies I was employed on a full-time basis whilst striving towards my dream of becoming an admitted attorney. I sharpened my skills within various law firms in various support staff roles.

This allowed me to gain a realistic view of practice and groomed me for my current role as Practicing Attorney and Notary Public.

Having completed my articles in a boutique law firm in Illovo specialising in litigation and conveyancing, I was later admitted as an Attorney and Notary Public and joined Martin Vermaak Attorneys Inc, in 2023.

I am results driven, and consider myself a determined, dedicated and detail-oriented individual.

Having drafted, researched, and analysed various statues, regulations and case law in various fields of law such as forensic law, family law and notarial practice; I am dedicated to applying my complete attention to each individual matter.

When I am not in the office, I enjoy time with my family and friends and have a keen interest in animal rescue.

I look forward to meeting you at our Bryanston office, to provide you with the best legal service – one with the diligence, integrity and humanity it deserves.

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Annelise Petzer

Annelise Petzer

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Annelise Petzer

I embody this principle in legal practice, combining my academic knowledge with a clear and concise style of communication to serve her clients effectively.

A dedicated legal professional, I pursued her academic journey at the esteemed University of South Africa, culminating in the attainment of her Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) in 2019.

Following my academic achievements, I further honed my legal skills through the LEAD Practical Legal Training program at UCT, before embarking on my journey as a Candidate Attorney.

Driven by a passion for the law and a commitment to delivering exceptional service, I approach my legal practice with a focus on empathy, ethics, and professionalism.

I like to think that my dedication to providing personalised legal assistance sets me apart in the field, because I go to great lengths to ensure that clients receive the utmost care and attention to detail.

My commitment to excellence and my compassionate approach should make me a valuable asset in the legal profession. As I continue to evolve in my career, I remain steadfast in my pursuit of providing top-tier legal solutions for my clients.

In addition to my love for animals, I hold a deep appreciation for the moments spent with my family. These connections provide a foundation of support and love, enriching my life both personally and professionally.

The balance between the quietude of pet companionship and the warmth of family bonds contributes to my holistic approach in navigating the complexities of the legal field.

This blend of personal passions and connections defines my approach to both life and the practice of law, creating a well-rounded perspective that enriches the experiences I bring to my clients.

Education

Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), University of South Africa, 2019

Professional Associations

Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Attorney.

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CANDIDATE ATTORNEYS/CANDIDATE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

Mahlatse Lethuba

Mahlatse Lethuba

You know why divorces are so expensive? They’re worth it. Willie Nelson

Mahlatse Lethuba

My name is Mahlatse Lethuba, and I completed my degree at the University of South Africa in 2022.

I enrolled for PLT at the University of Pretoria from January 2022 to June 2022.

I enjoy problem-solving, which is all we do in practice.

Every case has its own set of facts and issues, which makes every case unique and certainly keeps my job interesting.

Pursuing a career in the legal field also equips you with a vast set of skills, such as attention to detail and the ability to perform under immense pressure.

Martin Vermaak Attorneys is the perfect place for ambitious candidate attorneys like me who want to grow and develop into great legal practitioners.

The calibre of expectations and demands are high, which ensures that you receive adequate training and exposure to different matters in family law.

Martin Vermaak Attorneys exposes me to various opportunities to excel in my career and acquire the experience which will help me stand out in the legal profession.

Education

LLB

Professional Associations

Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Candidate Legal Practitioner.

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Bheki Madondo

Bheki Madondo

Punishment is justice for the unjust.
Saint Augustine

Bheki Madondo

As a UNISA alumnus, I am thrilled to have joined Martin Vermaak Attorneys INC, a prestigious law firm specialising in Family Law, divorce, and commercial matters.

My dedication to excellence is evident in achieving over 20 distinctions at UNISA and successfully completing my Practical Vocational Training at IPCE Rosebank College.

With a passion for Family Law and a keen interest in commercial matters, I approach every challenge with a can-do attitude, embracing new tasks wholeheartedly and giving my best effort.

My ultimate ambition is to become a highly respected and sought-after attorney known for my expertise and success in Family Law and commercial fields. Join me on this exciting journey of growth and becoming a legal expert in these dynamic areas of law.

Education

LLB

Professional Associations

Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Candidate Legal Practitioner.

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Alexander Dirk du Plessis

Alexander Dirk du Plessis

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

Alexander Dirk du Plessis

Completing my Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Law at Varsity College; I went on to achieve my LLB at the IIE MSA (formerly known as Monash South Africa), in 2023.

I enjoy the substantial and in-depth nature of law, and am interested with how it governs our daily lives. The fact that it can help people when they truly are in need of it, captivates my attention and directs my focus in my work.

The law is wide and encompassing and without properly trained lawyers, it can be difficult, or nigh impossible for people to get hold of the assistance, and relief, that they need.

Dedicated to and in my work, I will persist to my highest ability to apply the law according to the requirements of each individual matter.

Each matter involves different lives and different circumstances, it is only natural that the requirements of each would differ.

Although their matters differ, every client receives the same level of care and respect that they all deserve in their matter, an attitude that is entrenched in Martin Vermaak Inc.

The choice I made to join Martin Vermaak Inc., is because they are known for their skill, ability, and passion with the law and how it can assist people in need.

My hope is to benefit from their obsession of using the law to accomplish a better life for others, and improve those qualities within myself so that I can achieve to my highest ability both in skilfully applied documentation and in the Courts.

To this end, Martin Vermaak Inc.’s focus on education and training will be of immense value in my becoming the best possible lawyer I can be, and will surely help propel me further in the future, both in the professional sphere, and life in general.

When I am not in the workplace, I often train Wushu, a martial art in which I have achieved Protea colours on numerous occasions, over 16 years. This has assisted me in developing my lateral thinking abilities as well as the ability to remain well-grounded when challenged by unexpected difficulties. This is a skill as useful in the workplace as it is in life.

I look forward to meeting you at our offices, to assist our Attending Attorneys in ensuring you receive top quality legal service, and the diligence, integrity and humanity, that your individual matter deserves.

Education

Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Law (Bcom Law) completed in 2021

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) completed in 2023

Professional Associations

Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Candidate Legal Practitioner.

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PARALEGAL

Paralegal Kenny Mashele

Kenny Mashele

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so Immanuel Kant

Kenny Mashele

Kenny Mashele, a dedicated paralegal at Martin Vermaak Attorneys, holds a National Diploma from South Law School.

While initially aspiring to study BCom Law, financial constraints led him to pursue a different path.

However, his genuine passion for the legal system and helping others drove him to embrace the role of a Paralegal.

With his National Diploma and unwavering commitment, Kenny provides our clients with exceptional support and guidance, fulfilling his aspiration to express his passion for helping people within the legal field.

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ADMINISTRATION

Patricia Godwin

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson.

As, Practice Manager of Martin Vermaak Attorneys Inc., I report to Martin Vermaak.

I consider myself the most fortunate of all the staff members because I handle a little bit of everything each day giving me a complete overview of the firm and its many success stories. Each victory is a team effort and we all do our best in our individual capacities to make us a stronger team to give our client the highest standard of service.

My work is the day to day management of the practice. It affords me the good fortune to be involved daily with each member of our Legal and Administrative teams, dealing with various service providers and, even better, I also meet the clients!

Work days include meetings re: strategising, forward planning, management projects, staff management, HR & recruitment, marketing, and writing for several websites.

A wordsmith with over 40 years experience, I enjoy regularly writing – practice procedures, training documents, work manuals for the staff, also articles for the websites and editing drafting by staff members

Every morning I look forward to going to the office, referring to it as ‘my happy place’!

That may sound odd as we deal with a great deal of sad clients (often emotionally damaged people) who have suffered indignities in one way or another.

The ‘happy’ part is I have the pleasure of being a part of the team that rights the wrongs and addresses the inhumanities perpetrated against our precious clients.

Usually our clients don’t just need legal assistance but also require the support of our empathy and need to be treated with care and respect.

Our legal service is of the highest professional standard and our team continuously undergo training, both inhouse and outsourced to keep our client service standard second to none.

Born and educated in England, I became Human Resources and Training Manager for the European Division of a multinational firm, with HQ in London; travelling to work at all of their European branches on a rotational basis.

This was an excellent grounding for my current post at Martin Vermaak Attorneys Inc. which I have held since July 2007.

My hobbies include the love of all music – classical and otherwise; writing lyrics; medieval history; reading; and being an authentic wordsmith.

Education

Dual BA Alumna –English & Social Sciences Leeds University, Yorkshire, England &                    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Diploma Humanistic Psychotherapy Approaches, Gestalt Centre, Camden, London. 

Diploma Short Story Writing & Journalism, London School of Journalism       

Certificate Peromnes Job Grading Course, Peromnes Job Evaluation Methodology. (DeLoittes) 

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