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Sue Willman

Sue Willman

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Assistant Director of King's Legal Clinic and Lecturer in Law (Education)

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Sue Willman is an Assistant Director and Supervising solicitor in King’s Legal Clinic where she is developing the human rights and environmental law clinic. She is also a partner at public interest legal aid firm Deighton Pierce Glynn, top-ranked in the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories for both Administrative/Public Law and Civil Liberties/Human Rights. A solicitor since 1996, she specialises in public law, particularly strategic litigation on behalf of migrants, and more recently environmental and international human rights. She is a member of the Climate Law and Governance Centre at King’s.

Access to justice has been at the heart of Sue’s legal practice. She acts mainly for disadvantaged clients such as people who lack litigation capacity due to their mental health needs, and torture survivors. She co-founded the charity, Asylum Support Appeals Project to provide free representation to destitute asylum-seekers. In 2015 she acted in the first case funded by the crowdfunding platform, Crowdjustice on behalf of a Colombian trade unionist suing BP for human rights violations. She collaborates with NGOs and activists challenging human rights violations by states and corporations, e.g. in the Supreme Court acting for the interveners in the challenge to the UK’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

She has a law degree from Oxford university, an LLM in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University. She is Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. She is a trustee of the London Mining Network (which investigates the impact of mining on human rights, the environment and sustainable development). Sue works on the rule of law in Latin America and is a founding director of the Colombia Caravana UK Lawyers Group.