Charles Courtenay

Charles Courtenay is based in the London office of Latham & Watkins, where he leads the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. He previously practiced in the firm’s Los Angeles office for eight years. Mr. Courtenay is both a barrister and a California attorney, and is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department. His extensive experience includes intellectual property, technology and banking litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Courtenay’s practice focuses upon intellectual property and other complex disputes, with particular emphasis on cross border, technology and finance matters. He has litigated and advised in many major IP matters (including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases) along with a number of important contract disputes in software and other technology and finance industries. Mr. Courtenay has taken key matters to trial and arbitration both in the United States and England, winning a number of important and valuable decisions, and has represented clients before many regulatory agencies.

Mr. Courtenay also recently spent time seconded to the litigation group of a major investment bank in London, where he managed an array of complex banking disputes in the UK and across the globe. 

Mr. Courtenay enjoys dual qualification; he was called to the bar in England and Wales in 1999 and joined the California bar in 2004. His hands-on experience across both jurisdictions allows him to represent and advise clients facing the most challenging legal issues, and makes him well-placed to support local, national and international clients.

Mr. Courtenay plays an active role in Latham's pro bono program, and he has successfully represented a number of non-profit clients. He also plays a leading role in Latham's community, having been a long-standing member of the firm’s Mentoring and Recruiting Committees. He currently serves on the Ethics Committee.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Courtenay practiced as a Chancery barrister in Lincoln’s Inn, London. After completing an Art History Masters at St. John’s College, Cambridge, he completed his legal studies at the Inns of Court. In 1999 he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple, before practicing from 9 Old Square, Chambers of Michael Driscoll, QC (now Maitland Chambers) where he is a door tenant.