Esme du Plessis is a qualified patent attorney (the first woman to qualify as such in South Africa) and a former partner of Adams & Adams, Pretoria, South Africa. She obtained BSc and LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria, served articles of clerkship with Adams & Adams, and was admitted as a partner of Adams & Adams in 1966.
Having retired as a partner, she is currently a full-time senior consultant at Adams & Adams. Her areas of specialisation are patents, copyright, industrial designs; international aspects of intellectual property law; policy and strategy principles for the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property; and the development and drafting of legislative provisions in these areas. She serves on the Statutory Advisory Committee on IP of the Minister of Trade & Industry.