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Samantha MangwanaPrincipal Lawyer (Partner), Employment
Samantha is a Principal Lawyer (Partner) in the London Employment Department. Her practice encompasses all aspects of Employment Law, including Discrimination, Termination, Contract and Bonus Issues, as well as advising on public law challenges.
Samantha has particular experience in Senior Executive and finance sector cases and has acted in some of the most high-profile city discrimination cases of recent years, including Fariad & Fariad v Tradition Securities & Futures, and Tofeji v BNP Paribas, which were widely reported in the national and international media.
Samantha is also an expert on the Public Sector Equality Duties and notably represented the Fawcett Society, the national charity campaigning for gender equality, in a ground-breaking challenge to the government’s June 2010 Budget. The case heralded the way for subsequent successful challenges to government decisions using equalities duties legislation.
A Spanish speaker, Samantha taught and studied languages in Europe and Latin America prior to becoming a lawyer. She trained at the firm, and qualified in September 2004.
Samantha was The Lawyer magazine's runner up Assistant Solicitor of the Year 2009, named in Management Today's top 35 Women Under 35 in business in 2009 and Financial News 100 Rising Stars for 2008, and 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Legal Services in 2013. The Legal 500 2013 edition states that "Samantha Mangwana is recommended".
Samantha is a sought after media commentator and frequently offers her expertise to the broadcast media on Employment Law issues, frequently providing expert analysis on TV and radio on Employment and Discrimination law issues. She also writes articles and comments in a wide variety of publications. Recent article topics include maternity and paternity rights for Lexis Nexis, whistleblowing laws for the Independent and 'Flexible parental leave: radical new laws at a snail's pace' for the Employment Lawyers Association.
Most recently Sam appeared on BBC Radio 4 to comment on whistleblowing laws and cases, and BBC Radio London about long hours culture, City burnout and workers rights. TV appearances include Sex discrimination and Equal Pay issues on Sky News and ITV News. Topics covered in the print media have included the 'Hidden pay gap for City women' workplace harassment, gender diversity reporting, team moves, Sex Discrimination in the City, Age Discrimination, the Equality Act 2010, Public Sector Equality Duties and Post-Termination Restrictions in various publications including the Guardian, Bloomberg, Financial News, The Independent, the Lawyer and the Times and the Evening Standard.