MEET THE TEAM

Bev

BEVERLEY CLARK

BA (Hons) LLB
Fellow: International Academy of Family Lawyers
Languages: English, Afrikaans, some French

Beverley’s first degree was in Psychology and Drama, wherafter she did her Honours in Criminology at UCT. She did her LLB degree at Wits University. She was very active in anti-apartheid student politics and student welfare organisations, and was a student leader at UCT.

Bev practised at Bell Dewar and Hall Attorneys (now Fasken Martineau) for 5 years, from 1992 to 1996 (including her articles), concentrating first on Human Rights law and later on High Court litigation. When her daughter was born in 1996, Bev decided to start practising for her own account so as to be more flexible during her children’s early years. Bev is a Director at the firm. She chose to specialise in family law due to its dynamic and ever-changing nature, her passion for this field of law, and the high degree of personal interaction involved in family law.

Beverley is a qualified and experienced divorce mediator and has mediated many intensely difficult and acrimonious divorces and separations. She is also trained in collaborative law, a new field in South Africa which may well be the way of the future for divorcing couples. She has been a guest on many radio and television programmes, and has presented papers at several conferences.

Beverley frequently deals with family law matters with an international angle, such as international child abductions by a parent (often regulated by the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction), international relocations (where both parents have to consent to a child leaving SA, or where the consent of the High Court is sought), divorces between residents of SA and other countries, foreign divorces of ex- South Africans, and international maintenance cases (often regulated by the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Act). Her expertise in international family law matters led to her being awarded Fellowship of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers in 2007.

Beverley is the Chairperson of the Gauteng Family Law Forum (GFLF), a voluntary association of lawyers in Gauteng. The GFLF’s mission and vision is inter alia to identify, discuss and provide practical solutions to the problems practitioners face in practice in order to initiate and promote reforms and improvements in the branch of family law, the administration of justice, the practice of family law and in draft family law legislation.

Beverley is a tough and strategic litigator, but also brings a particular warmth and empathy into every attorney-client relationship. She cares deeply about her clients, and understands that they are, in most cases, experiencing one of the most painful events of their lives. She sees divorce, however, as a normal human transition, which should be managed as such, so that it leads to the creation of a functional restructured family, rather than a shattered one. This is the goal and mission of Clarks Attorneys.


Maresa

MARESA KURZ

LLB

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Maresa Kurz holds a LLB from the University of the Free State. Maresa was the Vice-Chairperson and Faculty Liaison for the Juridical Society at her University and is a member of the International Golden Key Society. Maresa was awarded numerous awards for her academic excellence during her studies, including the Judge D.H Van Zyl Prize for best student in Roman Law and Legal History, an Attorneys Fidelity Fund bursary for her third and fourth year studies, and an award for achieving a distinction for her mini-thesis in her final year. Her mini-thesis was entitled ‘Diplomatic Immunity in relation to crime from a South African legal Perspective’ and was published in Meditionas Medii, a law journal, in 2010.

Maresa is a Director at the firm. She commenced her articles at Clarks Attorneys in June 2009 and attended the night classes of the LEAD Law School from January 2010 to August 2010, after which she wrote and passed all of her board exams in October 2010. She was admitted as an attorney on 24 January 2011 and continues to practise at Clarks Attorneys. Maresa is the Secretary of the Gauteng Family Law Forum (GFLF), a voluntary association of lawyers in Gauteng.

Maresa is passionate about the law and believes in the structure it brings to a chaotic world. She enjoys the diversity of matters encountered in family and personal law, and is grateful for the chance to practise law in a way that has a real and meaningful effect on individuals and families.


Sithembiso

SITHEMBISO MABASO

LLB POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA (LAW)

Languages: English, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa

Sithembiso joined Clarks Attorneys in February 2016 as a Senior Associate, previously been employed for three years at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law. Sithembiso holds an LLB and Post Graduate Diploma in Law both from Wits. Sithembiso was an attorney in the Law Clinic and a lecturer in the School of Law. He taught the subjects Civil Procedure and Practical Legal Studies to 3rd year and final year law students respectively. Sithembiso is passionate about family and personal law because it has a direct impact on people’s lives. This impact he believes, extends to every sphere of society either positively or negatively. He prefers the former. Outside work, Sithembiso is a passionate sportsman and keen traveler. He enjoys his weekly indoor soccer matches.


Wandi

WANDI STEYN

BComm (Law) LLB

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Wandi Steyn joined Clarks Attorneys in February 2015, and was admitted as an attorney in May 2016. She holds a BComm (Law) and LLB from Stellenbosch University and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Law, also through Stellenbosch University. During the second half of 2014 she attended the Law Society’s School for Legal Practice in Cape Town. Here she received the Law Society’s Top Student Award as well as the highest achiever certificate in several modules. Wandi loves ballet, dance and theatre. She is very passionate about family law and children’s rights due to the intense personal impact thereof on people’s lives and due to the great difference legal support and management can make during times of turmoil.


 

ELMARIE ERASMUS

BA LLB

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Elmarie Erasmus joined Clarks Attorneys as an Associate in May 2017. She was admitted as an attorney in May 2016 and previously practised at Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Inc. in Cape Town, where she specialised in personal injury litigation and labour law.

She holds a BComm (Law) and LLB from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. During the second half of 2014, she attended the Law Society’s School for Legal Practice in Cape Town, where she received a certificate of excellence for her modules.

Elmarie is passionate about the law and helping others. In Cape Town, she was part of the SASLAW (South African Society for Labour Law) Pro bono project, where she rendered legal assistance to indigent litigants of the Labour Court.

In her free time, Elmarie enjoys reading and travelling.


Lauren

LAUREN CARMICHAEL

LLB

Languages: English

Lauren Carmichael has an LLB from the University of Sheffield, England. She qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2008. Lauren completed her training contract at the international law firm SJ Berwin LLP, where she worked in the Corporate Finance department, before deciding to pursue a career in family law. In November 2009 she joined Camilla Baldwin, a specialist family law firm in London, where she worked until she moved to South Africa in December 2012. Lauren joined Clarks Attorneys in May 2013 as an international legal consultant. She is an extraordinarily meticulous lawyer, and her experience in London, a city often referred to as the “divorce capital of the world”, is invaluable. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys travelling, skiing and running, and ran the London marathon for a cancer charity.


Jana

JANA VAN BREDA

BA LLB

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Jana van Breda is a consultant to the firm. Jana holds a BA in Law and Politics, and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. Jana completed her articles at Clarks Attorneys, and was admitted as an attorney in March 2014. She brings a particular warmth and caring into the attorney-client relationship, and is known to be an excellent listener, showing deep empathy for her clients. Outside of work, Jana plays in an indoor netball team and enjoys reading and running.


Jeremy

JEREMY CLARK

BA LLB LLM BComm

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Jeremy Clark is a consultant to the firm. He was articled at Bell, Dewar & Hall (now Fasken Martineau) and admitted as an attorney in 1985. He has practised law both as an attorney and an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and spent 17 years in commerce in property development and asset management. His areas of specialisation include High Court litigation, commercial and property matters, with a particular interest in property development and utility-scale renewable energy projects. Jeremy has been a director of nearly 20 companies active in property development, ownership, asset management and more recently in renewable energy project development and finance. Jeremy was a student activist at the University of the Witwatersrand in the early 1980s and has also always given time to public interest litigation.