We have pulled together some resources and updates from the Legally Disabled project on the Cardiff Business School blog. This includes positive profile videos and an update on our upcoming Breakfast Briefing.
The Law Society in partnership with the Legally Disabled Project, has launched a survey to gather experiences of disabled people in the legal profession both during lockdown and post-lockdown. We’ll be using the insights gathered to inform best practice for the future and to evidence aspects of remote working that could benefit disabled people in the long term.
If you’re a disabled solicitor or trainee take the survey and share your experiences and thoughts on remote working during the pandemic. The closing date for survey returns is Sunday 16 August.
Professor Debbie Foster, who leads the ‘Legally Disabled?’ project took part in a fascinating conversation with Prof Fiona Kumari Campbell from the University of Dundee.
Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist and is Professor of Disability and Ableism Studies in the School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee. She runs the #Ruminations about Ableism series.
Professor Debbie Foster is a Professor of Employment Relations & Diversity, Cardiff Business School, Wales.
This conversation discussed the development and outcomes of the Legally Disabled? research and the impact of ableism on disabled people in the legal profession.
Disability in the legal profession – Roundtables to discuss the current position and where we go from here
We have been working with The Law Society and its Lawyers with Disabilities Division since the launch of our research to share the research findings and develop guidance to support organisations with implementing the recommendations from the ‘Legally Disabled?’ report. See here for an update on the work done so far.
Our survey of solicitors and paralegals found 60% had experienced ill-treatment in the workplace and of these 80% believed it was related to disability.
In a series of roundtables run jointly with The Law Society and its Lawyers with Disabilities Division, we will provide a practical and constructive overview of the research findings and recommendations. This will be followed by a discussion about actions and ‘easy wins’ to support firms and organisations to identify opportunities and challenges for improving disability inclusion.
In the present circumstances, all roundtables will be on Zoom:
Monday 11 May 12.30 – 14.00
Friday 22 May 12.30 – 14.00
Wednesday 27 May 9.30 – 11.00
Tuesday 2 June 16.00 – 17.30
Due to demand, we have added two more dates:
Tuesday 16 June 12.30 – 14.00
Wednesday 24 June 16.00 – 17.30
If you would like to attend, please email
lawyerswithdisabilities@LawSociety.org.uk specifying which roundtable and let us know if you have any access requirements.
In due course, we will send out the joining instructions for the Zoom call.
For those wishing to read the research reports prior to the event, both the full report and the executive summary of findings and recommendations can be downloaded here:
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.
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.
This article was published first in The Lawyer on 15 March 2019. It is re- published with permission from Katherine Ramo and CMS. Our thanks go to Katherine for her support for our conference workshops where we discussed career progression for disabled people in the legal profession.
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.
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.
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Inspired by the Legally Disabled project.