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McKeown, Tessa

Tessa McKeown


*Foreign Qualified, Admitted in New Zealand

Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2083, Direct Fax: +44 20 7653 2100
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Tessa McKeown is a senior associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. She was with the firm from 2019–2021 and rejoined in 2023. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and government investigations and inquiries. Tessa also provides specialist reputation management advice, including advice relating to harmful online publications and potential claims, including in defamation and harassment.

In 2023, Tessa was ranked by Spear’s 500 as a “Rising Star” reputation lawyer.

Tessa graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2015. Tessa subsequently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a LLM (First Class).

Tessa has appeared as counsel in New Zealand’s District Court and as junior counsel in New Zealand’s High Court and Supreme Court.

  • University of Cambridge
    (LLM, First Class, 2019)
    • Master’s Prize and Principal’s List for Achievement
  • Victoria University of Wellington
    (B.A., History, 2014)
    (LLB, First Class Honours, 2015)
    • Dean’s List for Academic Excellence
    • Victoria University of Wellington Law Review:
      • Assistant Student Editor
  • Barrister and Solicitor, The High Court of New Zealand
  • Admitted in New Zealand only (practicing under the direct supervision of a member of The Bar of England and Wales)
  • Listed as a “Rising Star” in the 2023 Spear’s 500 Reputation Index
  • 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.