Samantha (Sammi) is a Senior Associate specialising in employment and discrimination law with maintained experience in immigration. Sammi provides strategic, straightforward advice that aligns with our client’s commercial objectives. She is a tenacious litigator and frequently represents employers in multi-day tribunal claims across the UK.

Sammi supports clients across a diverse range of sectors including transportation, food & drink, technology, energy, social enterprise, gaming, and retail.

Her recent cases include:

  • ·      Advising a fashion retailer on the design and execution of a collective consultation that involved a TUPE of services from the UK to the Philippines;
  • ·       Defending claims of sex, age and disability discrimination brought against a prominent employer in the information technology sector;
  • ·       Providing advice and representation to a high street retailer on a multi-million equal pay and sex discrimination claim brought by women working in its UK stores;
  • ·       Defending a public sector employer within the transport sector at a 10- day final hearing against claims of trade union blacklisting.  She successfully pursued an application for expenses thereafter;
  • ·       Providing advice on the merits of appeals made to the employment appeal tribunal relating to medical mitigation arising in conduct dismissals and a high-stakes material factor defence hearing.

Clients said:

“Samantha Mackie not only knows our organisation extremely well, but she gives excellent confidence in the decisions that we make and works to give us the solutions in line with business objectives. She also explains things in simple terms, looks at potential issues and is able to come up with well thought out solutions. She is an asset to Shoosmiths.

Sammi sits on the Law Society of Scotland's Equalities Sub-Committee who provide responses to consultations and proposed reforms to equality policy and legislation. She is also a trustee of a charity who provide mental health services for young people. Sammi regularly volunteers as a supervising solicitor at the University of Edinburgh’s Free Legal Advice Clinic and provides pro bono advice on behalf of the firm via the Citizens Advice Bureau.


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