Our People

Michelle van Niekerk
General Manager

Michelle van Niekerk


Michelle has over 10 years’ experience in business management and legal practice management, with the majority of her Australian experience being in leadership roles with companies wholly owned by internationally listed companies.

Michelle commenced her legal career in 1999 working in commercial litigation, insurance, family and property Law.

Before her move to Australia in 2006, Michelle was the principal of Van Niekerk-De Kock Attorneys, a firm which focused primarily on property, personal injury and family law.

In 2007, after relocating from South Africa to Australia, Michelle joined the legal team of Recoveries Corporation Group during which time she completed further studies to be admitted as an Australian Lawyer.

From 2012 to 2017, Michelle was managing partner of a national law firm. During her time as managing partner, Michelle established and managed legal offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, all of which specialised in debt recovery and commercial litigation as well as insolvency.

About Michelle

In Michelle’s spare time she is an avid dragon boat paddler, and has represented Australia in a number of World Championships and other international regattas. She has also had the honour of twice being elected as Captain of the Australian Team. Michelle also enjoys travelling and regularly combines this passion with a paddling event.


  • Bachelor of Laws (BProc) – University of South Africa


  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • High Court of South Africa

Memberships and Committees

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA)


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