Samantha Mangwana Principal Lawyer, Employment & Partnership
Samantha is a principal employment lawyer with Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
She is an expert in 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. She conducts 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 and Fariad v Tradition Securities and Futures, and Tofeji v BNP Paribas, which made the national and international news.
Samantha is 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 before she became a lawyer.
She is now a sought after media commentator and frequently offers her expertise to the broadcast media on employment law issues and discrimination law issues.
She also writes articles and comments in a wide variety of publications.
Recent article topics include discrimination, shared parental leave, team moves and restrictive covenants. She has also written about challenging the long hours culture in the City.
Most recently Sam appeared on BBC Radio to comment on maternity pay and bonus claw back.
She has appeared on Sky News and the ITV News talking about sex discrimination and equal pay.
In the print media she has spoken about the hidden pay gap for City women, workplace harassment and gender diversity reporting.
On top of this she has been interviewed about 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.
Commendations from independent legal directories
- The Lawyer magazine's runner up Assistant Solicitor of the Year 2009
- Management Todays’ top 35 women under 35 in business 2009
- Management Today's top 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Legal Services 2013
- Legal 500: "Practical, to the point and personable", "Samantha Mangwana is recommended".
- Since 2004 Slater and Gordon
Recent Testimonials for Samantha Mangwana
“You all did a wonderful job and thank you so much for helping me with this. You handled the whole thing in an extremely forthright manner, whilst being able to communicate with me in a very friendly and open way. I do appreciate that, really I do. The law is scary for lay people, but you always made me feel at home. That is a great skill that you have and I think other lawyers could take a leaf out of your book.”
“Thanks very much indeed for your professional and prompt approach in dealing with this matter. Not the happiest of situations but you did a great job.”
International Executive, US
“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