Ellen Snedden Senior Associate


Ellen was admitted to the Bar in 2013 after completing her studies at the University of Auckland. Ellen is an experienced lawyer and since completing her studies, she has been practising in the areas of relationship property and family law.  Ellen joined Simpson Western in 2019 and works in the relationship property and employment team. She has introduced various new areas of family law to the team and is passionate about helping families in need.

On weekends, you will find Ellen with family and friends. She loves food, travel, Netflix and a good book. 



Ellen's areas of expertise

  • Care of children matters
  • Guardianship disputes
  • Family violence
  • Separation and relationship property matters
  • Contracting Out Agreements/Prenuptial Agreements
  • Property (Relationships) Act proceedings
  • Dissolution of marriages (divorce proceedings)
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act proceedings
  • Adoption
  • Informal child support arrangements


BA (majoring in psychology) & LLB - University of Auckland 2013


Professional Memberships

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
New Zealand Law Society
Member of the Law Association Family Law Committee