Allie Cunninghame


LLB, BA (Hons), University of Otago

Allie practices in the area of civil litigation, with a focus on insolvency and insurance work. Allie also practices in the regulatory/local government area, conducting prosecutions on behalf of local authorities, as well as representing clients facing prosecutions under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and Resource Management Act 1991.  She is interested in judicial review and has a satisfying criminal practice.

Allie acts for individuals and companies in challenging and vulnerable circumstances. She finds it satisfying to guide clients through the dispute resolution system, and to assist in achieving equilibrium. Allie enjoys the challenge of legal argument, which requires innovation and creativity to be applied to defined principles – some of which have been around for centuries.  It is in the courts where the interface between tradition and precedent, and progress and modernity, is clear, and she regards it as a privilege to be working at the coalface of the creation of the law.

Allie completed an English degree and lived in Perth and South Korea for four years, before returning to Dunedin to study law. She was admitted to the bar in 2008 and began working for Anderson Lloyd, as a summer clerk in the litigation team, in 2006.

Allie is a council member of the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Law Society, the convenor of the Otago Women Lawyers’ Society (2012), and a volunteer at the Community Law Centre.