Edward Wanambwa > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

Work Department

Business immigration and employment


Partner in the immigration and employment teams; head of the immigration team. Business immigration: considerable experience of advising multi-national businesses on UK immigration law, including considerable experience of advising employers on Tier 2 visa applications (including ‘intra-company transfer’ and ‘general’ applications) and on the sponsorship regime generally.  He also has experience, for instance, of advising educational institutions in connection with Tier 4 of the sponsorship regime and high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 Investor visa applications. Employment: considerable experience of advising (i) businesses on a very wide range of English/UK employment law matters, including having advised on executive appointments and dismissals, a wide range of employment law claims, drafting of employment related documentation and issues arising out of business transfers and reorganisations and offshorings and (ii) employees on the protection and enforcement of their rights in the workplace.


Trained Bryan Cave LLP, qualified 2003; Clifford Chance LLP 2007-09; CM-Murray LLP 2009-10, partner; Russell-Cooke LLP, partner 2010 to date. Publications of note: articles and/or comments on employment and/or business immigration law have appeared on Sky News, Channel 4 News and Radio 4 and in, for instance, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Times’, ‘The Independent’, ‘Financial Times’, ‘The Telegraph’, ‘The Lawyer’, ‘Personnel Today’, ‘People Management’, ‘HR Magazine’, ‘Employment Law Journal’, International Bar Association’s ‘Employment and Industrial Relations Law Newsletter’, International Bar Association’s ‘Immigration and Nationality Law Newsletter’, ‘City AM’, ‘Corporate Counsel’ (US), ‘Corporate International’ and ‘The Lawyers Weekly’ (Canada).


Employment Lawyers Association; Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association; International Bar Association


BA onwards: BA degree in modern history (from what is now Queen Mary, University of London), CPE (from what is now City, University of London), LPC (from what is now  The University of Law London) and LLM master’s degree in law (from what is now Queen Mary, University of London)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Human resources > Immigration

(Leading individuals)

Edward WanambwaRussell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s business immigration team regularly advises national and multinational businesses on the immigration implications of complex and high-value transactions. The team is also able to advise on complex sponsor license issues; it is regularly engaged in cases where sponsor licences have been revoked or are under threat and the team is noted for its education sector expertise. The team is also engaged by high-net-worth, ultra-high net worth and professional foreign nationals on Investor and Entrepreneur visas. The team also handles a raft of human rights, appeals and overstay mandates; the team advises on complex issues and has a growing reputation for sensitive adoption cases and is also advises families and individuals facing complex immigration issues. Senior associate Nisha Patel leads on personal immigration work for individual clients and is experienced in complex appeals, spousal visa applications and applications outside of the immigration rules. The ‘experiencedEdward Wanambwa heads the team.

London > Human resources > Employment: senior executives

The ‘strong and responsive‘ team at Russell-Cooke LLP regularly represents senior executives in discrimination and whistleblowing claims and in disputes relating to share schemes, bonuses, commission, restrictive covenants and team moves. Anthony Sakrouge, who advises on all aspects of employment law, with a special emphasis on contentious and advisory work, leads the team that includes the ‘sharp and straightforwardAlex Bearman and ‘savvy litigatorEdward Wanambwa.