Samantha Allen Barrister

Contact Samantha


+64 21 0875 0147


Postal address

PO Box 863
Nelson 7040

Samantha Allen


Samantha is a care and protection Barrister. She specialises in family legal aid work as she is committed to providing access to high quality legal representation to some of society’s most vulnerable. She helps her clients navigate the Family justice system with empathy, integrity and professionalism, ensuring they feel heard and respected.

Samantha worked at legal aid while completing her law degree, then moved to Tauranga to begin her legal career working as a family legal aid provider. In 2019, she took up a role as solicitor for Oranga Tamariki in Nelson and the West Coast. From there, she became a Police Prosecutor, which included secondments to the role of Acting District Prosecution Manager for Tasman Police Prosecution Service. Samantha joined the independent Bar in 2023.

Samantha is based in Nelson, and can take direct instructions for legal aid family matters.

Samantha is Pākehā, of Scottish, Irish and Welsh descent. Outside of law, she paints and regularly exhibits her art.

Qualifications and appointments

Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2017
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington, 2016
BA (Gender Studies and Sociology), University of Otago, 2013
Legal Aid Approvals – Family lead provider, Family legal advice service, Mental health legal aid provider, Duty Lawyer, Criminal PAL 1

Awards and memberships

Finalist, ILANZ Young In-House Lawyer of the Year Award 2022
Wellington Women Lawyer’s Association Scholarship, 2014
Council Member, Nelson Branch, New Zealand Law Society
Courthouse Specialist Committee Member, New Zealand Law Society
Member, Family Law Section, New Zealand Law Society
Member, New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture
Member, New Zealand Animal Law Association

Community engagement

Nelson Suter Art Society, 2021–present
Salvation Army Volunteer, Tauranga, 2018–2019
Asia Pacific Model APEC Conference, Beijing, 2016
Youth Reference Group, NZ National Commission to UNESCO, 2013–2016
Secretary, Law for Change Wellington, 2014–2016
Branch Executive, National Council of Women Wellington Branch, 2015–2016
Branch Executive, Graduate Women Wellington, 2015–2016
National Board Member, YWCA of Aotearoa NZ, 2014–2015
Conference Assistant Director, NZ High School’s Delegation to The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN), UN Youth NZ, 2014–2015
Legal Human Rights Intern, Landmark Chambers, November – December 2014
National Women’s Rights Officer, NZ Union of Students’ Associations, 2014
Women’s Officer, Otago University Student’s Association (OUSA), 2013