Tessa Schrempf

Trainee Solicitor | London, Milan

Tessa is a second seat trainee currently sitting in the Corporate team.

Tessa is a second seat trainee currently sitting in the Corporate team (Milan office). She is supervised by Sharon Whitehouse and assists on a wide range of transactions, including but not limited to the luxury brands and lifestyle sectors.

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.

Prior to starting her training contract, Tessa worked as a Paralegal in the Trust, Estates and Inheritance Disputes team; assisting in particular Dawn Goodman on international trust issues and working on Court of Protection matters.

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.

Secretary Melanie Balcan

Focus areas


‘Putting Things Into Perspective. The Added Value of the Substantive Provision of the ICRMWs’, in: Shining new light on the UN Migrant Workers Convention, Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), 2018

‘The Satanic Mill. Human Rights and the Responsibility to Counteract’, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, 2015

‘An Economy to Feed (on) Human Beings? Human Rights and the Responsibility to Counteract’, in: European Yearbook on Human Rights, Intersentia, 2015



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