Former Trustees who continue to support our work
Michael Smyth CBE QC (Hon)
Founder Chair, 2005-2015
Michael was Founder Chair of ILP from 2005 to 2015. One time head of the government practice at Clifford Chance, he is senior independent director of the Legal Services Board, the profession’s oversight regulator. Amongst his other roles, he is a member of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives, chaired by the Master of the Rolls.
Tunde was a Trustee from 2014 to 2020. He is a founder of the British Nigerian Law Forum (BNLF). He sits on the Court of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC). He teaches Corporate Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Corporate Governance on the Postgraduate Programme at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He has Visiting Professorships at NYU Law School (Hauser Global Professor) and at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Tunde has served as arbitrator in numerous International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and as expert in the World Bank’s International Centre for Investment Disputes (ICSID) in investment disputes. Tunde has acted as Counsel on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Chair 2015-2018, Trustee from 2011
Gavin was a Trustee of ILP from 2011 to 2018. He chaired the ILP Trustee Board from 2015 to 2018. Gavin is a corporate lawyer who heads of the Global M&A Practice at the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where he also sits on the governing board. Gavin has since 2010 advised the Government of Sierra Leone on a pro bono basis, and was for many years a trustee of The Fulham Legal Advice Centre, a free community legal advice centre in London.
Nicholas was a Trustee of ILP from 2011 to 2020. He was the Global Chair of the international law firm Hogan Lovells from 2012 to 2018 and, having stepped down from the partnership in 2020 after 20 years with the firm, he is now a consultant Senior Counsel. Nicholas is an Independent Member of the governing Council of the University of Exeter. Since 2015, he has been the Executive Chair of PRIME, a UK charity with over 60 law firm members committed to promoting wider access for school-age students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. His other roles include as Trustee and past Chair of the social mobility charity Making the Leap, Chair of the British Paralympic Association's Parallel Club and a Trustee of The CareTech Charitable Foundation