Final conference programme

Information for attendees

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference. Please see below for the full agenda, details regarding access and directions and images of the venue and facilities.

Please contact Natasha Hirst on for further information or press queries.

If you can no longer attend the conference please let us know so that we can reallocate tickets to those on the waiting list. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please select the appropriate ticket here:

On the day please approach the organisers if you have any queries or access requirements and we will be happy to support you. Registration opens at 9.30am with tea and coffee and conference speeches will start at 10.15am.

There are seven steps at the entrance to the building or press the bell for staff to assist you with operating the lift.


‘Legally Disabled?’ conference 24th January 2020

British Academy, 9.30am to 4.30pm

9.30am – Registration,  Tea and coffee

10.15am  Opening of conference

Housekeeping – Prof Debbie Foster/Dr Natasha Hirst

10.20am –  Welcome speech – Jane Burton, Chair, Lawyers with Disabilities Division of The Law Society

10.25am – Keynote speech – Robert Hunter, founder of City Disabilities

10.40am – Presentation of research findings – Prof Debbie Foster, Dr Natasha Hirst

11.30am – Refreshment break

12.00pm – Panel discussion: How can the legal profession lead change and influence a more inclusive culture?

  • Chaired by Yasmin Sheikh, Lawyers with Disabilities Division
  • Speakers: Jonathan Fogerty (Solicitor), Demi Rixon (LDD/paralegal), Faisel Sadiq (Barrister), Lizzie Hardy (Trainee Solicitor)

1pm – Lunch

2-4.10pm – ‘All Bar None’ – Barristers’ workshop

Co-Chairs, Daniel Holt and Natasha Hirst. Bar Standards Board and Bar Council

2pm – 2.55pm – Workshops session 1

  • ‘Getting in’ – the challenges of qualifying and creating inclusive recruitment practices
    • Chair, Jane Burton, LDD. Jane Hatton, Evenbreak and Richard Ceeney and Vaibhav Adlakha, Reed Smith
  • Getting on and getting up’ – supporting progression and disabled people in leadership
    • Chair, Debbie Foster. Robert Hunter, City Disabilities, Nina Tulloch, Hogan Lovells and Katia Ramo, CMS.

2.55-3.05pm – Break

3.05pm-4pm – Workshops session 2

  • ‘Getting in’
  • ‘Getting on and getting up’

4.10pm – Workshop feedback, Chair, Debbie Foster

4.20pm – Summation speech – Rhian Davies, Disability Wales

4.30pm – Conference closes

Access Provision

Speech to Text Reporting will be available, and a loop system in the main conference room. Other access and dietary requests have been noted and we are working with the venue to ensure these are in place.

The ‘Music Room’ opposite the Wolfson Room will be available as a quiet space for people who need this during the course of the conference. If a quiet space is needed during the lunch break please speak to one of the organisers and we will be happy to support you.

The venue is accessible. We will be using the Wolfson room on the first floor during the morning (with lift access) and the Lee Reading Room and Lee Library on the ground floor during the afternoon.  See further details below:

Accessibility details including lift access

Floor plan of the British Academy

Fire evacuation procedure

Please note that there will be photography and filming on the day. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform us when you sign in on the day.

Transport Information

{10-11} Carlton House Terrace is conveniently located just a short distance from many major transport links.

London Underground:
Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross, Embankment

Mainline Trains:
Charing Cross, Waterloo

Buses to all parts of London run every minute from Trafalgar Square

Parking Information
Please click here to get discounted parking rates at Trafalgar Parking.

For further travel information or to plan your journey, please click here.

Find us

  • 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
  • 020 7969 5224

Link to google maps


Floor plan with additional details – Conference floorplan – PDF