Johann Du Plessis

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For more than a decade, Johann has assisted owner-managed businesses with their legal needs. As a trusted advisor on business, tax, and commercial law, his legal advice has helped establish many successful small businesses in various jurisdictions.

From setting up a new business to addressing any tax issues that arise along the way, Johann has got your back. He prides himself on his availability and attention to detail when working together with you to grow your business.

Johann is licensed as a lawyer in Nova Scotia, Ontario, South Africa and Namibia. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions. He is fluent in English and Afrikaans, and is conversant in German, Flemish, Dutch and South Sotho.

In 2017, Johann and his family immigrated to Canada from Namibia. Before coming to Canada, Johann was the founder and managing partner of a law firm in Windhoek and served as the elected vice-chairperson to the council of the Law Society of Namibia.

Johann has always been involved in his community. Before moving to Nova Scotia, Johann volunteered with Acclaim Health in Ontario to visit elderly residents over weekends and keep them company. During his time in Namibia, Johann served as chairperson of the Law Society’s Guidelines Committee and Commercial Law Committee for several years.


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Johann Du Plessis's Team

Tjiske Polstra

“I’m always able to customize my approach to fit each client’s needs. It’s why I love working at Arcus Legal.”
– Tjiske Polstra

Tjiske has been providing Corporate Tax services to clients for more than 10 years, with paralegal services covering a range of matters, including incorporations, financing agreements, registrations, transactions, contracts and corporate record keeping. She knows her field and it shows. She is motivated and detail-oriented. You’re in good hands with Tjiske.

Terra MacLellan

“Working with this team enables me to truly help clients, and that’s the best part of the job.”
– Terra MacLellan

Terra has been working in the legal field for more than five years, serving clients in the area of corporate and tax law, including incorporations, financing agreements, registrations, transactions, contracts and corporate record keeping. She is known for being industrious and self-motivated, with a sharp eye for detail. She is committed to professional excellence.

Mel Freeland

Mel graduated from the Paralegal Services Program at NSCC in 2014 and has over 7 years’ experience working in corporate law at a large firm. She’s thrilled to join Arcus Legal and be involved with clients’ transactions from beginning to end. Using her attention to detail and organizational skills, she assists with various transactions including incorporations, amalgamations, reorganizations, and due diligence searches.

Dakota MacPherson

Dakota is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College’s Paralegal Services program, where she honed her skills and knowledge in the intricacies of the legal system. She has joined the Corporate Tax team as a junior paralegal and is thrilled to embark on her journey at Arcus. Outside of her professional pursuits, Dakota finds joy in the company of her beloved dogs, Arya and Loki, often spending her free time enjoying outdoor adventures and creating lasting memories with her furry companions.