Kolarele Sonaike

Called: 1998

Inn: Inner Temple


Qualified for Direct Access 


Email: clerks@1ec.co.uk







Kolarele specialises in Commercial Litigation and Chancery and also has extensive experience in Employment claims.

Kolarele is particularly known for his strong trial advocacy and excellent cross-examination, whilst also taking a very practical and commercially sensitive approach to litigation to ensure clients get a proper understanding of all options.


Solicitors and clients particularly appreciate Kolarele's quick thinking and ability to forensically analyse large volumes of documentation and information to get to the core of the case.


He is an accredited Mediator and qualified to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis. 


Practice Areas




Unfair & Wrongful Dismissal; Discrimination (sex, race, disability, age, religion); TUPE; Protected Disclosures (whistleblowing); Compromise/Settlement Agreements; Breach of Contract; Unlawful Deduction of Wages; Equal Pay Claims; Restrictive Covenants; Pensions; Redundancy, Bonus & Commission Payment disputes.



Chancery & Commercial Litigation: 


Partnership & Shareholder Disputes; Director Duties; Contractual disputes; Professional Negligence.


Landlord & Tenant (commercial) - lease renewals; dilapidations; nuisance; breach of covenant; renewals; construction of leases; assignments;  improvements and alterations; injunctions and committals


Landlord & Tenant (commercial) & residential) - possessions; disrepair; nuisance; anti-social behaviour; injunctions and committals; warrant suspensions; homelessness; grants.


Corporate Insolvency; Personal Bankruptcy.




"I have for a number of years instructed Mr Sonaike and his chambers on complex commercial litigation matters . As head of department Mr Sonaike has always been considered a 'go-to' person particularly on higher valued or technicallycomplicated matters"

                                   Paul, Solicitor.


"Kolarele has always produced a high quality of work. His opinions are very thorough and detailed. His work in tribunals brought the best results for the clients. He is very approachable and the clients like him and feel reassured by his presence"  

                          Katarzyna, Solicitor.


"I recently needed the services of a Barrister and Kolarele was recommended by my solicitor and what a great choice, he was completely professional, his knowledge was first class, he was a fantastic communicator and negotiator, who was able to keep his cool, focus on the facts and outshone everyone else, he put me at complete ease, his reassurance, integrity and honesty was unquestionable, he gave me 100% commitment, even to the extent of being prepared to miss out on a very important family event, I cannot thank him enough and I would definitely recommend him to other LinkedIn members."

                                       Pam, Client.



1997 – 1998           INNS OF COURT SCHOOL OF LAW, LONDON

                               Bar Vocational Course

                               Very Competent




                               Common Professional Exam (CPE)





                               Philosophy and Political Science

                               IIi; Dissertation - 1st Class


1986 – 1991           KING’S SCHOOL CANTERBURY, KENT




Employment Law Bar Association

Notable Cases


Shipperley v Nucleus Info Systems UKEAT/0340/06/JOJ (EAT).


Brand v Compro Computer Services Ltd [2005] IRLR 196 (CoA).


North Essex Health Authority v Dr. David-John [2004] ICR 112 (EAT).


Vincent v Gallagher Contractors Ltd [2003] ICR 1244 (CoA).

Skills & Interest



Public Speaking Consulting

West Ham United Supporter

German (conversational)

Boxing (white collar)

2010 - present

2010 - present

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