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Former Shine national employment head joins byrne∙dean

Workplace behaviour and culture firm byrne∙dean has appointed the former employment and discrimination practice leader at national practice Shine Lawyers to lead its strategy offering.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 29 November 2023 SME Law
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Samantha Mangwana (pictured) has joined byrne∙dean and will initially be operating out of both Sydney and London.

She brings, the firm said in a statement, “her deep, coalface experience of employment problems” to provide strategic support to clients seeking cultural change. She has advised individuals (employees, executives, and partners) and organisations on contentious workplace disputes, high-value severance negotiations and managing exits smoothly, and her experience includes working on very high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing cases, such as within the legal and financial services sectors.

Ms Mangwana has come across from Shine Lawyers, where she was the employment and discrimination practice leader for almost four years. Prior to this, she was a partner at CM Murray LLP in London and a principal at Slater & Gordon Lawyers UK.


She will lead byrne∙dean’s strategy offering.

Speaking about the appointment, byrne∙dean co-founder and chief executive Matt Dean said: “We are very excited to have Sam join our team.

“She’s passionate about the work we do and wants to put her deep experience from litigation, policy and communications to work helping to create the kinder, fairer workplaces we want. Sam’s insights and creative solutions can expand what we offer clients on the strategy side; not only UK-based clients, but Australian and global organisations – and on all areas of workplace dynamics; things like creating a genuine speak-up culture, improving how we approach conflict in teams, and rebalancing senior teams.”

Ms Mangwana added: “I’m delighted to be joining byrne∙dean. My motivation in this career has been to achieve change, helping workplaces to be kinder and fairer places where people can realise their potential.

“The problem with litigation is that it can’t do that because it is after the fact. Even where successful, the problem has already happened, with bright, talented individuals losing their careers. Instead, work at byrne∙dean is about solving those issues before they start in the first place.

“I’m energised about diving deep into specific challenges, one workplace at a time, to achieve meaningful, tangible change.”

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