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Stephanie Hadley


Stephanie is a Solicitor and Brand Strategist based in our Christchurch office. As a member of our dedicated ‘Food and Beverage Innovation’ team and with a background in marketing and consumer law, Stephanie is one of our Food Standards advisory experts. Her specialties include product labelling and advertising compliance. 

She’s a regular writer and speaks at seminars around the country, educating the food and beverage sector on how to strategically capture the commercial value from their IP and export their brands across the globe.

Outside of work, Stephanie is a fitness fanatic. As a qualified group fitness instructor, you can catch her teaching Barre and Pilates classes in and around Christchurch and she is Deputy Chair of the Exercise Association of NZ Inc.



Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Canterbury
  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media and Communications from the University of Canterbury
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Member of the New Zealand Law Society
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Association of Australia New Zealand
  • Member of the Canterbury Women’s Legal Association
  • Member of Women on Boards, Governance New Zealand
  • Member of the Institute of Directors       

Industry specialty

  • Food and beverage


  • Copyright
  • E-commerce and domain names 
  • Trade marks
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Fair trading in New Zealand
  • Anti-counterfeiting 
  • Domain name disputes
  • Portfolio management
  • Intellectual property strategy


Her experience working in-house for several FMCG companies and the Brewers Association means Stephanie brings to the Food and Beverage team a strong background in marketing and consumer law and related commercial matters. Well versed in trade mark law, her specialities include advising on international brand strategies and looking at matters of food and labelling compliance as part of the overall brand strategy. 

But don't take our word for it

"Stephanie’s extensive knowledge of intellectual property and friendly personality make her my number one go-to person for anything to do with IP."

Terry Bone, General Manager

"Stephanie's practical and proactive attitude means that matters are actioned and followed up on a timely basis. She's an excellent sounding board and has provided us with appropriate advice and cost effective solutions for all our IP needs. "

Jane Mayell, Managing Director

"Stirling Sports engaged JAWS to secure our trading name and trademark in the Australian Market.  Our application was initially turned down and we had to approach owners of trademarks with similar names in our category. Stephanie negotiated a great result in a very timely manner and for a very acceptable professional fee.  We are very pleased with the result and can thoroughly recommend Stephanie Melbourne and JAWS."

Mark Anderson, Managing Director