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Charles has been our Chief Executive since March 2016. He was previously general counsel and general manager of corporate affairs at Auckland International Airport Ltd.

Charles began his law career after graduating from the University of Auckland in 1996 in arts and law. He spent nine years working for another law firm, where he had experience in general litigation, tax and in the corporate team. He then spent 13 years at Auckland Airport. His work there was recognised in 2011 when he was named In-House Lawyer of the Year by the In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand.

Charles is passionate about law and the legal profession, and he is particularly focused on leading the team at Kensington Swan to provide great service to its clients.

Charles has been on the governing bodies of the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand and the New Zealand Listed Companies Association. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Charles is a long-time surfer who in recent years has taken up the slightly gentler sport of paddle-boarding.

Admission date: 1996

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