Tessa is a second-year trainee currently sitting in the Trusts, Estate and Inheritance Disputes (TEID) team. Tessa much enjoys the variety of work and assisting all members of the team in finding solutions to the often challenging background stories. She previously worked in the team as a Paralegal, assisting in particular Dawn Goodman on international trust issues and working on Court of Protection matters.
During her first seat, Tessa worked with our Litigation/Arbitration team with a focus on International Arbitration and Public International Law. She was able to assist on a number of Investor-State arbitrations as well as one commercial arbitration, in addition to supporting the team with her keen interest in and understanding of Public International Law matters. Tessa also worked with the Litigation team on a number of disputes, including financing and art-related matters. Given her human rights background, she has been keen to support the development of our Business & Human Rights practice throughout both of her seats.
In her second seat, Tessa sat with the Corporate team (Milan office). She was supervised by Sharon Whitehouse and assisted on a wide range of transactions, including but not limited to the luxury brands and lifestyle sectors.
As our token German-speaking trainee, she is also the firm-wide go-to for German translations.
In a ‘previous life’, Tessa spent time in an Austrian law firm and a London-based boutique corporate consultancy company focusing on the Nordic market. She then worked in NGOs and even founded her own Vienna-based NGO for strategic human rights litigation with some former colleagues – a novelty in the Austrian legal industry! In 2018, Tessa negotiated on behalf of the European Union during the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York prior to joining Withers in 2019.