Samantha Davidson

Partner, Head of Pension Law


BCom (cum laude), LLB (cum laude) (University of KwaZulu-Natal).

Specialisations and Interests:

Samantha is the lead partner in Shepstone & Wylie’s pension law and employee benefits team. She is an independent trustee of a large hybrid pension fund and principal officer for several self-administered and other retirement funds. Apart from advising on major pension issues and representing employers and funds in legal proceedings, Samantha has a wealth of practical experience concerning fund management, duties of trustees, surplus apportionment and related issues. She was chairperson of several section 15K surplus tribunals, is a member of the Legal and Technical Committee of the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa (IRFA), and previously managed the Durban Chapter of the Pension Lawyer Association (PLA). Samantha has presented numerous papers at seminars hosted by the IRFA, PLA, Principal Officers Association (now BATSETA) and Black Lawyers Association. She is also an annual contributor to “The Manual on South African Retirement Funds and other Employee Benefits”.

Samantha is a member of the Pension Lawyers Association. Samantha is endorsed in Who’s Wholegal under Employee Benefits and Pension Law

Who’s Who Legal Labour & Employment rated Samantha as “one of the best pensions lawyers in the country”.

Knowledge and Insights by Samantha Davidson: