Mrs Charlotte Henley > Dentons Kensington Swan > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Kensington Swan
PO BOX 10246
New Zealand

Work Department

Intellectual Property




Charlotte is a partner and co-leader of our intellectual property team. She helps clients identify, protect and commercialise their intellectual property, and resolve IP disputes.  She also regularly advises on advertising and marketing materials, including social media initiatives.

Charlotte advises government entities and businesses in New Zealand and internationally on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including trade marks, copyright, domain names, designs and patents. She is one of the few lawyers in New Zealand with extensive expertise in plant variety rights protection and enforcement.

Charlotte can help you to identify and register your intellectual property and make sure you have the right to use it. She can also help you develop a strategy to commercialise your IP through licensing or franchising, or by selling your business. She often advises clients on the IP issues associated with social media and advertising campaigns, and on compliance with advertising and marketing laws, including voluntary codes and legislative requirements.

Charlotte has many years of experience in resolving intellectual property disputes, and in advising on opposition and non use proceedings. She advises on parallel importation issues and domain name disputes. She regularly advises on IP audits, and transfers of intangible assets.

She is also a registered patent attorney and an Australian registered trade mark attorney.


Charlotte is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys. She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the International Trademark Association.


LLB (Hons), University of Otago (1994) BSc, University of Otago (1994) Admission date: 1995

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Charlotte HenleyDentons Kensington Swan

Counting domestic and multinational blue-chip companies, local government entities and overseas law firms among its key roster of clients, Dentons Kensington Swan is well-placed to advise on the full life cycle of IP assets, from strategic filing and prosecution to IP commercialisation and litigation. Noted for its capability in handling brand protection and enforcement matters, the team is jointly led by Wellington-based commercial IP partner Charlotte Henley, who is a patent attorney, and Jenni Rutter, who operates from the firm’s office in Auckland. Henley has considerable experience in the protection and enforcement of plant variety rights, while IP litigator Rutter represents clients in high-profile disputes and has notable expertise in anti-counterfeiting matters.

New Zealand > TMT

Counting domestic and international banks, social media platforms, local government entities and multinational corporations among its key roster of clients, Dentons Kensington Swan has demonstrable experience in the procurement and deployment of technology, privacy issues, compliance matters and e-commerce regulation. In the firm’s Auckland office, Hayley Miller leads the practice and focuses on software development and the launch of SaaS offerings, as well as the commercialisation of new technologies. In Wellington, Campbell Featherstone, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, advises on privacy and date protection matters, in addition to procurement, and is noted for his experience in the health sector. Wellington-based Charlotte Henley, who specialises in protection and commercialisation of IP, is another key member of the team.