Tessa specialises in commercial property law, advising businesses, individual investors and public clients on a range of property transactions.

Experienced in substantial and complex commercial property transactions, Tessa advises on build and lease contracts for industrial and commercial projects, and residential and project developments.

Tessa is also a national expert in New Zealand’s overseas investment regime and a member of Chapman Tripp’s China Desk, acting for some of China’s biggest developers on their New Zealand development projects.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • Ric Kayne on his existing and proposed world class golf courses and associated facilities development at Te Arai
  • Fonterra on various property matters including the sale of Bardowie Farm and the separation of the Tip Top premises following its sale
  • Arvida Group on various property matters, including the property aspects of the recent acquisition of three retirement villages in Queenstown and Tauranga
  • Summerset Retirement Villages on applications for the Overseas Investment Office’s consent and property acquisition matters
  • Eastland Group on negotiating documentation for the redevelopment of Gisborne Airport and its long term leasing, and advising on its marina operations
  • Shanghai Pengxin for investments in Crafar Farms in the central North Island, Synlait Farms in South Canterbury and Lochinver Station
  • PwC for various premises requirements, including negotiating agreements for the development of its premises in Christchurch and Wellington
  • The Warehouse Group on various leasing and transactional matters, including various redevelopment sites and the sale of the Silverdale Centre.


  • Member of the Overseas Investment Office’s legal reference group.