International Senior Lawyers Project Announces New UK Director

Global pro bono organization International Senior Lawyers Project announces the appointment of former Allen & Overy partner Susan Hazledine as the new Director of ISLP-UK.

New York, NY, October 07, 2013 --( The International Senior Lawyers Project-UK today announces the appointment of former Allen & Overy partner Susan Hazledine as its new Director.

ISLP-UK is a leading nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing the highest level pro bono legal assistance to client organizations in the developing world. It focuses on working with governments, NGOs and charities to strengthen their efforts to advance equitable economic empowerment, human rights and the rule of law.

Garth Meintjes, Executive Director of ISLP in New York, says of the appointment: “Susan brings tremendous expertise and leadership to ISLP-UK. She is very aware of the issues and challenges facing development and human rights groups around the world and combines this with a particular understanding of how current and former partners, barristers and judges can best use their expertise and skills to support these organizations in their missions.”

Michael Smyth CBE, Chair of the ISLP-UK Board of Trustees, comments: “The ISLP-UK Board is delighted to welcome Susan to this new role as its Director. She has been a Trustee of the organization for the past three years and is a strong voice in support of global pro bono. She is the ideal person to take ISLP-UK to the next stage of its development."

Susan most recently headed Allen & Overy’s Social Investment program globally. Under her leadership, the firm undertook several award-winning global initiatives relating to pro bono, community, diversity and the environment. During her career at the firm, Susan also previously held other management roles of Graduate Recruitment Partner and Training Principal in London.

Susan is an accomplished litigator and pro bono advocate, with more than 20 years’ experience at international law firm Allen & Overy LLP, including 14 years as a partner.

Throughout her career as a commercial litigator in both the UK and Hong Kong, Susan has been actively engaged in pro bono work. Her cases have included obtaining the acquittal of a prisoner on death row in Trinidad, pursuing a pro bono case to the Court of Appeal and acting as a pro bono legal advisor at the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau for more than a decade.

Susan joined the Board of ISLP-UK as a Trustee in 2010 and since early 2013 has, as an ISLP volunteer, been working on a project for Oxfam International on global legal management issues.

Commenting on her appointment, Susan says: “I have always been drawn to what I think is ISLP’s unique strategy - focusing on delivering longer term legal solutions. ISLP enables its pro bono clients to build their capacity to use the law to effect positive change. We help our expert UK lawyers with a global outlook to use their skills to promote greater economic development and protect human rights. For law firms we expand their skills–based pro bono opportunities for current lawyers and support their growing commitment to life-long alumni relationships by offering opportunities to former partners."

About ISLP
The International Senior Lawyers Project is a New York-based not-for-profit organization that, together with affiliates based in London and Paris, provides pro bono legal services of the highest caliber to NGOs and least-developed governments throughout the world to advance human rights, the rule of law, and equitable economic development. Since it was founded in 2000, ISLP has provided nearly $84 million in pro bono services to organizations in 72 countries. For more information please visit or
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