Tessa van Duyn is the CEO and a Practice Leader at Moores

Tessa is a leading human rights and public law expert with over 15 years’ experience providing expert legal and strategic solutions.

Previously head of the legal team at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission, Tessa joined Moores to continue her commitment to social justice, equality and inclusion.

Tessa brings to Moores a strong record in governance support, developing collaborative partners and leading innovative projects to be impactful and effect social change.

As a skilled litigator Tessa enjoys advocating for her clients in a variety of tribunal and court settings. She helps resolve complex discrimination and administrative law disputes - but she adds the most value by helping her clients to avoid litigation in the first place.

Tessa van Duyn thrives on building successful relationships. She is known for being a talented leader and people manager, with a focus on enabling people to bring their best to work.

Why Moores?

"Moores is like a professional “unicorn” for me – the firm’s values align with my own.  People love coming to work at Moores and I wanted to be a part of a culture and a workplace that is more interested in its people, its relationships and its positive impact, than its bottom line."


Tessa has three lively little people in her life to keep her active and honest. There are times when she momentarily regrets fostering their innate sense of curiosity, but she always enjoys the fruits of encouraging a good sense of humour.


  • LLM, Public and International Law (Distinction average), University of Melbourne (2018)
  • LLB/BA (French and Indigenous Studies), Australian National University
  • Independent Member, Football Federation of Victoria Tribunal
  • Chair of the Board of Directors at a small Not For Profit
  • Vice-President of the School Council at a local public school
  • Alumni, IKD Executive Leadership Program, 2017