Who can participate?

Who are we including?

We are exploring the experiences of disabled people and people with impairments or health conditions (including mental health) working in the legal profession. We seek to make the research as representative as possible. You may or may not consider yourself to be disabled but take a look at our page explaining different definitions of disability and see whether the research could apply to you.

The lists below are not exhaustive, if in doubt about whether your experiences or career fits our research, please get in touch!

This research includes:

  • Solicitors
  • Barristers
  • Legal executives
  • Clerks
  • Those who are qualified but unemployed
  • Lawyers who were once employed in the legal profession but have since left (and during the time employed, were disabled)

You can be:

  • Self-employed
  • Work in small firms or large companies
  • Full time or part time
  • A graduate undertaking recognised legal training to qualify to practice
  • Non-graduates undertaking recognised vocational training to qualify to practice.

Who we cannot include:

  • We do not include undergraduates who are currently studying a law degree.
  • The study is confined to England and Wales.

Perhaps you chose to work in a specific area of law because you felt it would be more accessible and easier to manage than other options. You may already have a well established career but are now concerned about future progress due to an acquired health condition or impairment. Perhaps you chose to leave the profession because you didn’t have the support needed to manage your health or impairment around your work. Your experiences are all incredibly valuable for us to capture.