Tessa Czislowski is the head of Ward Keller’s busy family law and criminal practices. She joined Ward Keller in 2009 as a law clerk and was admitted to practise in 2011.
Tessa has extensive family law experience, particularly in relation to complex property matters involving businesses, companies and trust structures. Her practice also comprises of complicated parenting matters, including international relocation, Appeals and child support matters.
As a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Tessa can provide mediation services to separating parties. She focusses on achieving results through Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as mediation and arbitration “I try to accomplish a result my client is happy with, without having to go Court” she says.
Although she tries to find an amicable resolution for her clients, Tessa also has significant Court experience, both as a solicitor-advocate and as an instructing solicitor. Tessa has appeared in interim and final hearings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia, and the Full Court of the Family Court.
In criminal law, Tessa has appeared in the Local Court and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. She advises and represents clients facing drug offences, assault, sex offences and traffic offences.
Tessa has served on various Boards, and is currently the Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of the Northern Territory and a Board Member of the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission.
Growing up in Darwin’s rural area, Tessa undertook her schooling and higher education in the Northern Territory. Tessa is an avid reader, a keen fisherwoman and an unexceptional (but trying to improve) skier. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing and travelling.
Areas of Law
- Family Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution/Family Dispute Resolution and Criminal law
Qualifications & Memberships
- Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Charles Darwin University
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University
- Admitted as a Legal Practitioner in the Northern Territory (2011)
- Admitted to the High Court of Australia (2011)
- Member of the Family Law Section.