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Tessa McKeown

Senior Associate*

Tessa is a Senior Associate at the firm, focusing her practice on reputation and privacy and civil litigation matters. Tessa is also an assistant lawyer within our Family department. Tessa has experience acting for large multi-national companies as well as high net worth individuals.

Tessa advises on defamation and reputation issues, and can advise on matters relating to family law, both domestic and international, with a particular interest in surrogacy issues. 

Tessa also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediations, negotiations, and judicial settlement conferences. She is regularly applauded by clients for her outstanding service and for taking initiative.

*Foreign Qualified, Admitted in New Zealand only (practising under direct supervision of a member of the bar of England and Wales)

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Tessas client base includes large multi-national companies as well as high net worth individuals. Her practice in civil litigations covers:

  • Professional negligence and professional misconduct claims and issues
  • Contentious commercial and residential property law disputes
  • Contractual disputes, including claims for breach of contract and misrepresentation
  • Contentious insurance issues
  • Government and regulatory enforcement actions, investigations and other inquiries

Tessa also advises on defamation and reputation issues, and can advise on all matters relating to family and child law, both domestic and international, with a particular interest in surrogacy issues. 

Tessa also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediations, negotiations, and judicial settlement conferences. She is regularly applauded by clients for her outstanding service and taking initiative.

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

Alongside her work, Tessa contributes to the trade press. Some of her publications include:

  • Jonathan Scragg & Tessa McKeown Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration in Practical Guidance: Investing in New Zealand (online looseleaf ed, Lexis Nexis, 2017).

  • Jonathan Scragg, Nicholas Quirke & Tessa McKeown New Zealand in Andrew Horrocks and Maurice Phelan (eds) Commercial Litigation: International Series (2nd ed, Thomson Reuters, 2015).

  • Tessa McKeown The Nuremberg Trial: Procedural Due Process at the International Military Tribunal (2014) 45(1) VUWLR 109.

Career

Tessa previously worked in the London office of an international law firm that specialises in litigation. Prior to that, Tessa worked for a full-service law firm in New Zealand, where she appeared in New Zealands District Court and as junior counsel in New Zealands High Court and Supreme Court.

EDUCATION

Tessa obtained a BA in History at the Victoria University of Wellington, where she also obtained her law degree with First Class Honours, and was placed on the Deans List for Academic Excellence. During her studies, she was assistant student editor of the Victoria University of Wellington Law Review. Tessa completed a Masters of Law at the University of Cambridge, again obtaining First Class Honours. At Cambridge, Tessa received a Masters Prize and was placed on the Principals List of Achievement at Homerton College.

PERSONAL

In her spare time, Tessa enjoys reading, the theatre and exploring Londons food and drink scene. She also enjoys surfing, tennis and netball and has a passion for travel, having spent time travelling around Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

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The team is noted for its sheer intellect
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