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Rena Magdani

Partner & National Head of Employment, Pensions & Immigration

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‘Rena Magdani has been an excellent person to work with – her knowledge, experience and expertise, along with being extremely responsive, is really appreciated.’
(The Legal 500, 2024)

Rena is a Partner and National Head of our Employment, Pensions & Immigration Team. She leads our team of talented, commercially-minded lawyers across our offices, who put excellent client service at the centre of everything we do.

She has over 22 years’ experience of providing commercial, pragmatic employment advice to private and public sector clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including discrimination, equal pay, unfair dismissal, TUPE, redundancy, business restructures and she provides strategic employment advice to senior management teams and boards.

Rena conducts her own advocacy in the employment tribunal and has a proven track record in successfully defending clients in complex multi-day hearings. She regularly speaks at seminars and provides bespoke training for clients.

Rena is listed as a Recommended Lawyer and recognised as a Leading Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2024 edition) for Employment since 2011. Rena is recognised as a Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).

Legal Services


Rena’s work has included a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including discrimination, equal pay, unfair dismissal, outsourcing, TUPE, redundancy, business restructuring programs and providing strategic HR advice. She is recognised as a leading employment lawyer in The Legal 500 and Chambers.

Recent Work

  • Advising a Building Society on a restructuring programme involving large scale redundancies and variation to terms and conditions of employment.
  • Advising a multi-national security software company on the TUPE implications of off shoring.
  • Advising a distribution company on the TUPE implications of winning a commercial warehousing and distribution contract.
  • Successfully defending a national powered access company (including the advocacy) in a 5 day disability discrimination claim involving direct and indirect discrimination, and victimisation.
  • Advising on the employment aspects of a major corporate transaction involving TUPE and large scale redundancies. Rena advised on due diligence information, warranties and indemnities in the Sale & Purchase Agreement, TUPE consultation obligations and the implementation of collective redundancies following the transfer.
  • Providing bespoke training to HR Departments on a wide range of topics including, the Equality Act 2010, TUPE, Implementing Restructures and Reorganisations in the workplace and Handling Disciplinary and Grievance matters.



Public Sector


  • Successfully defending a County Council (including the advocacy) in a 7 day sex discrimination and unfair dismissal claim and successfully claiming substantial costs against the Claimant.
  • Successfully defending a University in a 7 day Equal Pay case which was worth in excess of £200,000. Rena dealt with all aspects of the claim including advocacy at the hearing.



  • Successfully defending a national logistics company (including the advocacy) in a 4 day unfair dismissal claim involving fraud.



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  • Employment Lawyers Association

“Rena has acted for DPD Group UK Ltd for over 21 years. I have been with DPD Group throughout that time and myself and my team have worked closely with Rena. Rena has an in-depth understanding of our business and provides us with a first class service in all aspects of employment law. Her professionalism and responsiveness is exceptional and I would not hesitate to recommend Rena to any future business partner or company.”

(Sharon Hughes MCIPD, Director of People and Talent)

“Rena provides excellent professional employment advice to AVG. Her technical knowledge, pragmatic approach and speed of response is impressive. I value the business partnering approach Rena applies and value the quality of the legal support that we receive from her.”

(Christophe Francois, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, AVG)

‘All individuals contacted have excellent skills and knowledge. I have worked with the Partner Rena Magdani for many years and I never had any problems with her advice. Always available to answer queries!’

(The Legal 500, 2024)

“Great relationship and knowledge of our business.” “Rena’s advice and support has been excellent, providing a rounded view on often complex issues and always providing a responsive service.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2024)

“Rena’s advice and support has been excellent, providing a rounded view on often complex issues and always providing a responsive service.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2024)

“Rena Magdani is an outstanding lawyer”

(The Legal 500, 2023)

“Rena has consistently provided excellent advice and support in a responsive manner. I have frequently recommended Rena to colleagues.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

“Rena Magdani is extremely trustworthy, and can be relied on at all times. Her knowledge, commercial pragmatism and attention to detail are very much recognised. She is in effect an extension to our HR team.”

(The Legal 500, 2022)

“Rena Magdani is very professional, fair and commercial with her approach. Rena enables me to think about a different approach whilst ensuring that we remain in line with our company policies, procedures and culture. Rena listens and brings her advice to situations with a solid understanding of the situation. I am always impressed at her ability to remember details of each case, even if we have not spoken for a few weeks.”

(The Legal 500, 2022)

“Rena Magdani is a very dedicated partner with scrupulous attention to detail.”

(The Legal 500, 2022)

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