Barriers to employment

a spiral bound notepad

What barriers to employment are faced by disabled candidates?

Guest blog by Jane Hatton – Evenbreak

The research ‘The Career Experiences of Disabled People in the Legal Profession: Future Strategies for Inclusion and Change’ made interesting reading to me. Particularly as it resonated very strongly with the results from some research that we have been carrying out simultaneously.

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Cake & Counsel networking event

People networking in a large reception area

Inclusion Networking – 24th February 2020

Cake & Counsel have been hosting events for aspiring lawyers since June 2017. Founded by Ruth Reid, criminal barrister and Equality and Diversity Officer at 3 Temple Gardens Chambers, based upon her experiences in establishing a career at the Bar.

You are invited to their inclusion networking event on Monday 24th February. The Legally Disabled team are pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the research findings and meet attendees.

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The reports are launched!

View of the main entrance of the British Academy

Head straight over to our research reports page to download the reports and press release for today’s launch of our research findings.

Over two years of work has gone into this, involving hundreds of people.

Our thanks go to all involved, we are delighted to be able to share our findings and recommendations at our conference today.

Research Reports

Birmingham Law Network Disability Event – 30th January

Event poster - inspired by Legally Disabled project - Birmingham Law Society event on disability in the legal profession

On Thursday 30 January 2020, the Birmingham Law Society’s Disability Sub-Committee is hosting their first panel event to explore disability-related issues and what the legal profession can do to improve accessibility.

It is taking place at Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office with registration from 5:30pm. They will explore a wide range of topics, from caring for a disabled partner to living with Sickle Cell Disease.

Tickets are available on the Birmingham Law Society’s website and they are inviting you to join in the conversation.

You can follow the Birmingham Law Society on Twitter.

Inspired by the Legally Disabled project.

Final conference programme

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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 HirstN2@cardiff.ac.uk 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:

https://legallydisabled.eventbrite.co.uk/

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.

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IP Inclusive launches IP Ability

IP Inclusive will be launching its new network, IP Ability at an informal roundtable event. Follow the link below to find out more. We are delighted to join everyone at the event to give an insight into some of the findings from our research.

“Scheduled to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2019, this event is being kindly hosted by AA Thornton at their offices at 10 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7NG. The main event will be from 6 to 7 pm, with registration from 5.30 pm and drinks and nibbles for those who’d like to stay on and chat for a while afterwards.”

IP Ability: informal launch gathering

‘Legally Disabled?’ conference date announced

Prof Debbie Foster speaks to an audience at a conference

Why are disabled people ‘unexpected’ in the legal profession? What does this mean for disabled legal professionals and for employers seeking to recruit and retain talent?

The Career Experiences of Disabled People in the Legal Profession: Future Strategies for Inclusion and Change

We will launch our research findings and recommendations on the 24th January 2020 at the British Academy in London. A future event will be based in Cardiff (date TBC).

This conference reports findings and recommendations from the ‘Legally Disabled?’ project, the first research of its kind to examine the career experiences of disabled people working in the legal profession in England and Wales.  This ground-breaking project, the outcome of a two-year partnership between disabled academics and disabled people in the legal profession, led by Cardiff University, prioritised the traditionally marginalised ‘voices’ of disabled people in order to influence meaningful change to culture and practice in the profession. 

The format of the conference will include a series of participative workshops in the afternoon aimed at harnessing the expertise of the different stakeholders attending.

Join us to explore what employers, networks, professional bodies and regulators can do to improve inclusion and opportunities for disabled people across the legal profession.

Spaces are limited, tickets must be booked. 

legallydisabled.eventbrite.co.uk

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Launch of Barristers’ questionnaire

screenshot of the questionnaire for disabled barristers

Are you a disabled person, or someone with a long-term medical condition working in, aspiring to work in (e.g. in training), or retired from the Bar? If so, this research is for you.

We are pleased to launch the next stage of the research with a questionnaire for disabled people training for or working as Barristers. This also includes those who have since left these roles in the profession.

Click here to fill in the survey for barristers.

Update: the extended deadline for responses is 23rd July 2019.

A separate questionnaire for solicitors and paralegals is also available. This is due to the different qualification routes and workplace experiences.

If it is more appropriate to fill in the questionnaire for solicitors and paralegals please click here. If you are unsure as to which is best suited for you, please contact Dr Natasha Hirst on HirstN2@cardiff.ac.uk

The purpose of the research is to produce the first large scale evidence base on the career experiences of disabled people across the legal profession. This will build on and quantify the evidence obtained from one to one interviews.

 

We anticipate that it will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete the questionnaire. It can also be saved part way and finished off later. You have the option to skip questions or answer ‘not applicable’ as appropriate to you.

If you have any queries or require the questionnaire in a word document or other accessible format please get in touch with Dr Natasha Hirst on HirstN2@cardiff.ac.uk

Please note that both researchers are part-time on the project and will respond as soon as possible to any queries.