Samantha Gardner

Samantha Gardner

Senior Solicitor 


My career to date

After completing a double degree in Law and Arts (majoring in Classics) at the University of Otago, I began my career at the Environment Court assisting the Auckland based Judges and Commissioners as the Graduate Legal and Research Officer. I began practising law with Adderley Head in 2012 after making the move to Christchurch. I took a year long hiatus in 2015 to travel around Europe in a combi-van and returned to Christchurch joining a national law firm practising in resource management and litigation. I re-joined the Adderley Head team in 2019.

I have provided advice to private individual, large scale developers and local authorities on a range of resource management including resource consent applications, plan reviews, due diligence processes, prosecutions and local government matters.

What I enjoy about my work

Working in the area of resource management and environmental law provides me with the opportunity to be involved with a variety of projects. I enjoy the different legal issues and challenges this work brings, and the ability it affords me to formulate creative solutions to overcome these legal issues.

I also enjoy helping clients navigate their way through the complex planning framework in New Zealand to achieve both practical and strategic solutions.

What you can expect from me

I am an enthusiastic and responsive operator. I will listen and work hard to achieve the very best outcomes for you in collaboration with the Adderley Head team and a range of experts. I will provide clear and pragmatic legal advice to meet your objectives, and any hurdles we will need to overcome to do so.

What I enjoy away from work

Away from the office, you can find me on an outdoor adventure in Canterbury with my young family or exploring the exciting new developments that are popping up across Christchurch City. Otherwise when time permits, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family over good food and wine.