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Samantha MangwanaPrincipal Lawyer, Employment & Partnership

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Samantha is a Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, specialising in Employment and Partnership law, based in the City of London.

Her legal practice encompasses all aspects of Employment Law, with a focus on; Termination, Employment Contracts and Bonus Disputes, as well as Discrimination and Whistleblowing. Samantha also acts for Partners who wish to take advice on Partnership law, or find themselves in dispute with their firms.

Samantha has particular experience working with Senior Executives, lawyers, and individuals working in financial services in conducting sensitive negotiations and managing exits smoothly.  She has also 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 made the national and international news.

Samantha is also an expert on discrimination outside the employment context and notably represented the Fawcett Society, the national charity campaigning for gender equality, in a ground-breaking judicial review challenge to the government’s June 2010 Budget. The case is a leading decision using the Public Sector Equality Duties legislation, which have since been recognised to apply at the very highest level of government decision-making.

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, as well as their 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 driscrimination, shared parental leave, team moves and restrictive covenants and challenging a long hours culture in the City.

Most recently Sam appeared on BBC Radio to comment on maternity pay and bonus clawback. 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, the experiences of whistleblowers and reform of the law in various publications including the Guardian, Bloomberg, Financial News, The Independent, the Lawyer and the Times and the Evening Standard.

Recent Testimonials for Samantha Mangwana

“Thank you very much for your call earlier and all your support. I think that your [guidance is] salient and valuable. I am thankful to you for your caution and advice with respect to my case.”

Dr S, Greater London

“Thank you very much Samantha. Your guidance throughout this period has been much appreciated.”

Karen, London

“Samantha was very supportive and provided knowledgeable guidance and pragmatic advice at every stage. The response was always clear, prompt and effective.  I was in an unfamiliar and sensitive situation with my employer and I felt reassured that my case was in good hands.   As the matter progressed, the legal background, my options and likely prospects of success was explained to me clearly.  I am very happy with the outcome.”

Ms Coughton, London

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