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Tessa Kelman

Senior Associate
Family & Relationship Law
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Tessa has worked exclusively in family law since 2013. During this time, she has worked on a range of complex matters involving property and parenting issues both during private practice and while as a legal associate at the Family Court. Tessa has a particular interest in financial matters involving large asset pools and complex corporate structures. Her previous commercial experience creates a basis for her pragmatic and strategic approach to family law matters, particularly those that involve complex financial issues.

Experience

Tessa’s interest in, and passion for family law extends beyond her role as a family lawyer. Tessa currently drafts headnotes for the Family Law Reports published by Lexis Nexis, is the Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Committee and the Young Lawyer Representative on the NSW Family Law Committee.

Prior to specialising in family law, Tessa worked as a solicitor at an international commercial law firm in Sydney. Prior to joining Lander & Rogers, Tessa worked as a legal associate to two Judges in the Family Court of Australia, and then as a solicitor in a leading Sydney-based specialist family law firm.

Tessa is recognised as a Rising Star in Family Law in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Doyle's Guide. She has also been listed as a finalist in the Family Law Category of the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 awards in 2019.

Tessa is chair of the New South Wales Young Lawyers Family Law Committee. She is also a member of the Law Society of New South Wales Family Law Issues Committee, Women's Lawyers Association of NSW, Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and Legal Aid Review Committee.

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