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Senior Associate and Solicitor-Advocate
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Wonu Sanda is an Associate and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) specialising in partnership and employment law. Wonu has a background from the Bar, having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013, and has advocacy experience in employment tribunal proceedings. Wonu has a particular interest in matters involving whistleblowing.

Wonu works extensively with clients on partnership and employment law issues on a wide range of matters, including employment and partnership disputes and exits, enforceability of restrictive covenants in traditional partnerships and LLPs, lateral hires and team moves, discrimination, whistleblowing and jurisdictional issues. She has particular experience in matters involving sensitive misconduct allegations and investigations. She also acts for clients in High Court litigation and arbitration matters.

Wonu was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2017.

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners
  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Member of the International Association of Young Lawyers

Partnership Law:

  • Wonu assisted in a multi-jurisdictional partnership dispute.
  • Wonu advised a professional services firm on the exit of a senior equity partner who sought to orchestrate a team move from his firm.
  • Wonu assisted in advice to 3 German based equity partners of a Global services partnership.
  • Wonu advised in relation to a departing partner facing injunction proceedings in the High Court to enforce lengthy restrictive covenants.
  • Wonu represented a member of a fund management LLP regarding unfavourable changes to LLP terms and governance, and in due course on his exit.

Employment Law

  • Wonu assisted in advising a financial services client headquartered in Germany in relation to a complex whistleblowing claim, which included resisting an application for interim relief.
  • Wonu is advising on the representation of Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) on the charity’s planned intervention in the Court of Appeal in the high profile reported case of Chesterton Global Limited v Nurmohamed UKEAT/0335/14. This is the test case in establishing the meaning of “in the public interest” which was inserted into whistleblowing legislation in 2013.
  • Wonu advised the founder and former employee of a multi-national services company on the enforceability of his extensive restrictive covenants.
  • Wonu assisted in representing an inter-dealer broker in his appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal regarding the non-payment of a bonus by his former employer following his resignation to join a competitor.