Samantha Arrandale



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Samantha Arrandale is an associate at MacKay Boyar with a diverse practice in criminal, regulatory, administrative, commercial and civil litigation. She has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and numerous regulatory bodies such as the BC Securities Commission, the College of Massage Therapists of BC, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.

In her criminal practice, Sam acts for clients changed with a wide-range of criminal offences including assault, sexual assault, drug offences and while-collar crime.  She also acts for clients facing immediate roadside prohibitions and administrative driving prohibitions, assists with ineffective assistance of counsel appeals, and volunteers her time to UBC’s Innocence Project.

In her commercial and civil litigation practice, Sam has a similarly wide-range of experience.  She has obtained successful results for clients in breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, employment, shareholder and trademark disputes.

Sam received her JD from the University of Victoria, where she was recognized for her achievements in criminal law and her representation of UVic at the MacIntyre Cup.

Before attending law school, Sam worked as a legal assistant for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Simon Fraser University where she majored in criminology.


  • JD, University of Victoria (2016)
  • BA (Hon), Simon Fraser University (2013)

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2017

Notable Cases

College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia v. Chik, 2019 BCSC 1135
Andi MacKay and Samantha Arrandale represented the Respondent and successfully defended an application that the Respondent be held in contempt of court.

R v. Gill (unreported)
Sam Arrandale and Tam Boyar represented an individual charged with a number of serious driving offences including impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

R v. McDonald, 2014 BCSC 477
Since 2013, Sam has represented Thomas McDonald in connection with criminal proceedings arising from the 1981 shooting death of an individual in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Dhillon v. Her Majesty the Queen (and others)
Since 2015, Tam Boyar and Sam Arrandale have been involved in the defence of a claim for Charter damages arising from the alleged non-disclosure of information in the criminal context.

See all Samantha's cases


  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of BC
  • Member, Criminal Defence Advocacy Society (CDAS)