Meet The Team
Experienced and Strategic.
Zelmari Kern - Director
The firm was founded by Zelmari Kern in 2014. Zelmari is an admitted attorney from Johannesburg and holds a Bcom Law Degree and honours LLB degree. She has extensive experience in labour law, commercial law, corporate governance, insurance law and has also completed an advanced course in labour law at the University of Pretoria and UCT and further completed an advanced course in the Companies Act at the University of Johannesburg.
Gregory Armstrong - Director
Gregory Armstrong (LLB) is an admitted attorney, with High Court appearance, and has a general legal practice with extensive experience in High Court and Magistrates Court litigation; he practiced as a partner at a medium sized firm in Melrose Estate before joining Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc. late in 2016; he heads up the general litigation, family law and criminal law department at Kern Attorneys.
Charl Du Plessis - Senior Consultant
Charl is an attorney, notary and conveyancer and holds the degrees BA (Law and Economics) & LLB from UCT (1990). Charl merged his practice with Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc. in 2022, having practiced for his own account since 2000 after completing articles with Deneys Reitz Attorneys (now Norton Rose) in 1992 and practicing as a senior associate with Arthur Schoeman Attorneys and Fluxman Rabinowitz-Raphaely Weiner until 1999.
Michelle Toxopeüs - Candidate Attorney
Michelle Toxopeüs is currently serving her articles at Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc. Before joining the firm, she was a legal researcher at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and worked at the Helen Suzman Foundation, also as a legal researcher. She holds a master's degree in environmental law and governance from the North West University.
Mark Eccles - Consultant
Mark Eccles was admitted as an attorney in 2001. He obtained his BCom and LLB from the University of Witwatersrand, LLM from University of South Africa and his Higher Diploma in Tax Law from University of Johannesburg. Mark has worked in the corporate world, private practice and in entrepreneurial ventures. From 1993 to 1998 he was a legal advisor at Gold Fields of South Africa, rising to group legal officer.
Nerine Erasmus - Associate Attorney
Nerine Erasmus obtained two Higher Diplomas in Education and taught in various countries in Africa and abroad, whereafter she pursued her LLB through UNISA. She was admitted as attorney in 2021 whereafter she joined the vibrant general litigation team at Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc.
Tarin Page - Associate Attorney
Tarin joined Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc. as an Associate Attorney in 2022. Tarin holds an LLB as well as an LLM in International Law from the University of the Witwatersrand. Tarin has experience in various areas of law including High Court and Magistrate Court litigation, family law, children’s law, education law and commercial law. She forms part of the Litigation, Corporate and Commercial department.
Luxolo Ntuli - Candidate Attorney
Luxolo Ntuli is currently serving her Articles of Clerkship at Kern, Armstrong and Du Plessis Inc. She obtained her LLB Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, whereby she obtained a Dean’s Commendation in her final year. Luxolo is a young individual who is passionate in providing bespoke legal solutions to clients.
Charlene Lau – Paralegal
Charlene Lau is currently studying and completing her LLB degree at UNISA, she also has a higher diploma in journalism and assists the firm and its attorneys with legal matters and administrative tasks.
Patricia Kgaregare - Administrative
Patricia Kgaregare holds a N Dip and Btech in Journalism. She has satisfactory experience in business communications and joined Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc. as a personal Assistant. Patricia will be assisting the company with all administration work. Patricia is open minded and always willing to learn.
Nicole van Niekerk - Administrative
Nicole van Niekerk studied at the University of Johannesburg and completed her BA degree in Marketing and Communications. Nicole has over 10 years experience in administration and client relations. Nicole’s role is to assist the Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc. will all admin related tasks, together with maintaining healthy client relations.
Jacob Sibeko - Driver
Jacob has joined our team to help ensure that all correspondence is safely transported to and from Kern, Armstrong & Du Plessis Inc.'s offices and our clients.