Tessa Merwood

Legal Executive | NZILE

Tessa is a registered Legal Executive and an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives (NZILE), and a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ).

Tessa is an integral part of the firm’s Marine Team, where she specialises in cargo claims and subrogated recoveries for both local and international clients.

Tessa has a wealth of experience in litigation support, and has an in-depth knowledge of process and protocols for discovery.

Principal areas of practice:

  • Marine cargo and transport – subrogated recoveries
  • Litigation support
  • Discovery


  • Numerous successful settlements of claims against international shipping lines.
  • Great working relationships across national and international cargo claims parties and personnel.
  • Strong working knowledge of maritime laws, as well as local and international carriage regimes.
  • Able to achieve efficient resolution of cargo claims of all sizes.
  • Strong working knowledge of discovery process and protocols.