Meet Our Lawyers

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 Magistrate's Courts and High Courts

Martin Vermaak BProc LLB Dipl. Personnel Management Dipl. Industrial Relations
Martin Vermaak BProc LLB Dipl. Personnel Management Dipl. Industrial Relations

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Albert Einstein

Martin Vermaak BProc LLB Dipl. Personnel Management Dipl. Industrial Relations

Martin is a Director of Martin Vermaak Attorneys and has full responsibilities for the management of the Firm's offices in Sandton and Pretoria. In addition to being a busy Litigation Attorney, Martin is responsible, together with the Firm's Senior Management, for deciding and implementing strategies to ensure the continued growth of the Firm.

As a Specialist Family Lawyer, Martin has assisted many high profile private clients with their divorce and family matters. He is sometimes quoted in the National Press, and interviewed on Radio, regarding this particular field of law - in which he is a leading Specialist Attorney.

He has a strong forensic investigation background and also assists companies with their legal matters ranging from forensic investigations, labour issues, drafting of contracts, evictions and other commercial matters.

Admitted as an Advocate in 2001, he then started practicing as an Attorney in 2004 and has the Right of Appearance in the High Court.

Martin holds the following qualifications: B.Proc, LLB, Diploma Personnel Management, Diploma Industrial Relations.

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Aleisha Oliver BCom LLB (Cum Laude)
Aleisha Oliver BCom LLB (Cum Laude)

“Accused: I am taking your worship as my father, and being my father, you will be kind enough to forgive your son.” (1969) Vol.9 Rhodesian Law Journal

Aleisha Oliver BCom LLB (Cum Laude)

Aleisha completed her Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) at the University of Witwatersrand. After that she articled with a veteran specialist in family law work and was admitted to the Bar and obtained her right of appearance in Superior Courts in July 2013. She moved to Martin Vermaak Attorneys in November 2015.

During her years as a Candidate and an Admitted Attorney, she gained significant exposure to various fields of law including: child law, domestic violence, divorce and post-divorce litigation, mediation, motor vehicle litigation, estate litigation, landlord & tenant litigation, drafting and advising on contractual matters, civil litigation, and debt collection.

She is currently completing the requirements to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors and Barristers in order to have a dual qualification in England and Wales. LLB (Cum Laude)

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Michelle Soutter LLB
Michelle Soutter LLB

"It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law." Thomas Hobbes

Michelle Soutter LLB

Michelle commenced her studies at the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus in 2008 where she completed her LLB degree in 2011.

After serving two years of articles, she passed all the required board exams, thereafter, she was admitted as an Attorney on 30 January 2014.

During her years as a Candidate and an Admitted Attorney she gained exposure to various fields of law including: child law, domestic violence, divorce and post-divorce litigation, mediation, road accident fund matters and civil litigation.

On 16 April 2014 Michelle also obtained her Right of Appearance in the High Court.

She also completed a short learning programme in Company Law at the University of Johannesburg which she intends to put to good use in the field of Commercial Law.

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Anja Griesel B. Proc
Anja Griesel B. Proc

"The keystone to justice is the belief that the legal system treats all fairly." Janet Reno

Anja Griesel B. Proc

Anja Griesel completed her B. Proc degree at the University of Johannesburg (then RAU) in 1999, wherafter she worked in the Export and Financial fields for several years.
She however decided to return to her true passion, and started working at a small boutique firm in 2014, specialising in Family Law.


Anja recently joined Martin Vermaak Attorneys where she is fulfilling her true passion, dealing with people and making a difference in the fields of Divorce and Family Law, collection matters and various other fields of Law.

She also does a lot of community work and is very active with the local choir.

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Duncan O’Connor LLB
Duncan O’Connor LLB

"Don't raise your voice, improve your argument" Desmond Tutu

Duncan O’Connor Candidate Attorney LLB

Duncan O’Connor completed his LLB degree through UNISA in June 2017 and is now serving as a Candidate Attorney at Martin Vermaak Attorneys in Bryanston.

Since the day he embarked on his studies, he felt drawn by his passion to assist others, towards the area of Family Law. This is due to his strong desire to make a difference in the lives of those he has the opportunity to work with.

Through his life time he has grown up with a charitable background, whether it was helping his father with fundraisers for the Teddy Bear Clinic, the less abled at the Anne Harding Cheshire Homes, or just getting involved with the Community.

Although he has only just gotten his law career off the ground, he remains loyal and committed to the desires that got him through his law degree. In saying that, he desires experience and growth in this area of law to truly help those that are stuck in situations in which they feel they have nowhere left to go, and build them up again.

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Petrushka Hemraj Candidate Attorney BSS Law; LLB
Petrushka Hemraj Candidate Attorney BSS Law; LLB

"It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law." Thomas Hobbes

Petrushka Hemraj Candidate Attorney BSS Law; LLB

Born and brought up in Kwa-Zulu Natal where she completed her High School career and subsequently her tertiary education at UKZN; she then moved to Gauteng to spread her wings and broaden her horizons. For as long as she can remember, she has always been intrigued with the law and how it affects and regulates each and every South Africans life, yet so few understand and comprehend it.

Through her extensive travels, she has been drawn to early youth development as a result of experiencing different cultures, traditions and lifestyles of people we know so little off. She has a great appreciation for diversity and for people of all walks of life and therefore regularly engages in charity work.

Being a perfectionist is said to be her greatest weakness however, she is a firm believer of the Eisenhower Matrix and it is what gets her through tough days on the job. Apart from that, she is certain, that by having excellent communication skills is what makes things around the office smoother – as an attorney must be able to clearly articulate themselves both in written and verbal communication and have great analytical skills to make a solid call.

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