Work Life Quiz: Edward Wanambwa, CM Murray

What do you do at weekends? Walk the dog, see a film, go to a jazz gig, plan the next holiday – nothing too exciting.

Edward Wanambwa
Edward Wanambwa

What was your first-ever job?

I spent a summer working for a bank, but quickly lost interest in that line of work.


What was your worst experience as a trainee?

I was very lucky at Bryan Cave, so no ­shockers to report. ­Probably ­proofreading

a ­horrendously long ­document late at night.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?

Our legal PA Nicki would be a good starting point.


What time do you usually leave the office?




What’s your favourite ­restaurant?

A restaurant in Montreal called Amelio’s – a brilliant Canadian wholesome slant on classic Italian dishes.


If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?

Fantasy world: professional golfer. Real world: teacher.


What’s your favourite film?

Hard to choose between the various Godfather and Alien films, but if I had to pick one, it would be The Godfather: Part II.


What was the first record you ever bought?

Would have been ­something by George Benson.


Who’s your hero and why?

George Benson, for being one of the most ­accomplished and rounded jazz guitarists

ever and ­having a 40-year career, not to mention being a fantastic singer/songwriter.


What’s the best thing about your job?

That I’ve been lucky to have worked with so many ­fantastic colleagues and clients and that ­employment law is ­ultimately all about people.


What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Keeping difficult clients happy.


What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

When I was a trainee, thinking I was doing a client a favour by rushing a job. Don’t rush and clients will thank you for it in the long run.

What car do you drive?

A BMW 530i estate.

What book are you currently reading?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.


What’s your favourite ­children’s book?

The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton.


What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?

Probably my first advocacy in the Employment ­Tribunal. I was newly ­qualified and it was a full hearing with a senior ­barrister on the other side. Excitement was one of the better emotions.


If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?

My iPhone and a Sky TV-enabled high-definition television.


What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?

No bad ones to report, but the least glamorous would probably be a business ­immigration conference in Holborn.


What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?

No more than 20 hours.   I consider myself to have got off lightly.


If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?

Denzel Washington. Not because there’s even a slight resemblance, but because he’s my favourite actor.


Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

Having studied modern history, I couldn’t possibly choose between the plethora of history’s ­villains. 

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)

I hold dual citizenship and am eligible for four ­citizenships; I’m a huge Arsenal fan;

I’m half-decent at golf.


Name: Edward Wanambwa

Firm: CM Murray

Title: Partner

Lives: Wanstead, London



1994-97: BA in Modern History, Queen Mary, ­University of London

1998-99: GDL, City University

1999-2000: LPC, College of Law, London

2000-01: LLM, Queen Mary, University of London


Work history:

2001-03: Trainee, Bryan Cave

2003-07: Employment associate, Bryan Cave

2007- 09: Senior employment associate, Clifford Chance

2009-present: Partner, CM Murray