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 was the Chairperson of the Gauteng Family Law Forum (GFLF) from 2015 until 2020, 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.



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 commenced her articles at Clarks Attorneys in June 2009. She was admitted as an attorney on 24 January 2011 and continues to practise at Clarks Attorneys. In October 2015, Maresa was appointed as a Director at Clarks Attorneys. Maresa is also 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.



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. In March 2020, Sithembiso was appointed as a Director at Clarks Attorneys. 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.



Languages: English, Afrikaans

Elmarie Erasmus joined Clarks Attorneys in May 2017, and continues to practise as a Senior Associate at Clarks Attorneys. 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.


BSc (Med Sci) BComm (Law) LLB

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Lauren commenced her articles at Clarks Attorneys in January 2018. Lauren was admitted as an attorney on 6 August 2020, and continues to practice as an Associate at Clarks Attorneys. Lauren holds a BSc in Medical Science, BComm in Law, Financial Management and Financial Accounting, as well as an LLB from the University of Pretoria. In addition to her love of studying, she enjoys being outdoors and traveling.

Lauren is passionate about the law, particularly the unique and dynamic challenges that family and personal law present. She is a caring individual who is mindful of the direct and personal impact this area of law has on the lives of the families we work with.

The combination of Lauren’s interests in both law and people ensures she will do her utmost to represent the best interests of her clients.



Language: English

Jessica Clark joined Clarks Attorneys in January 2018 as a candidate attorney. She holds an LLB from the University of Johannesburg. During 2017 Jessica spent the year working as an intern in the human rights sector, first for the Human Rights Commission, and then for Lawyers for Human Rights. Jessica was admitted as an attorney on 6 August 2020, and continues to practice as an Associate at Clarks Attorneys. She was fortunate to be involved in large scale matters which impacted communities a whole, as well as in strategic litigation and gender equality matters. She found the experience to be invaluable.

Jessica is passionate about helping others and hopes to use the law as a tool to do so. She has a particular interest in family, child and gender equality law, and also in human rights. Jessica enjoys the diversity of matters in family law, and she approaches each client with warmth and empathy, and the respect that they as unique individuals deserve. Jessica appreciates that the outcomes in family law matters have a very real impact on individuals and she hopes to assist these individuals by easing their anxiety during some of the most trying times in their lives. Jessica is an accomplished horse rider, but these days her free time is spent volunteering at non-profit animal rescue organisations, and being outdoors with her dogs. She also enjoys staying active by boxing and playing in an indoor netball team.



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 joined Clarks Attorneys in 2012 and was admitted as an attorney in March 2014. Jana was appointed as a Senior Associate in November 2015, and also completed her training as a mediator in June 2015. She has been mediating family law disputes since then.

Jana 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.



Languages: English

Anisha Hassen-Ismail is a consultant to the firm. Anisha joined Clarks Attorneys in September 2016. She was admitted as an attorney and notary in October 2017, and practised as an Associate attorney at Clarks Attorneys. Born and raised in Canada, she completed a four year BA degree at the University of Toronto (Victoria College) in 1995, double majoring in philosophy and history. After relocating to South Africa, she completed a post graduate LLB degree at the University of Witwatersrand in 1999.

From 2000 until 2015, Anisha chose to be a stay-at-home mother to her two growing boys. During this time she freelanced as a product and portrait photographer and was involved in various charitable initiatives. In 2016, Anisha continued her legal training and attended the Law Society’s School for Legal Practice in Johannesburg. She was awarded a certificate by the Law Society for highest overall achievement in her class.

Anisha is drawn to family law by her desire to help individuals, hoping to ease some of the anxiety which comes naturally from the stressful transition into the next chapter of their lives.



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.