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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.”
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.
Spaces still available for a disability in the workplace workshop – London and Birmingham
The SRA conducted a recent disability in the workplace survey. They want to find out more about how your firm is supporting a disability inclusive environment.
To help this, the SRA are holding two workshop to discuss the survey findings and share best practice. All are welcome to attend, please book your place.
Please click on the link below for the best date / location for you:
- Tuesday 30 April, CMS UK, Cannon Street, London. EC4N 6AF
- Wednesday 8 May, The Cube, 199 Wharfside Road, Birmingham B1 1RN
NOTE: this is a separate initiative to the Legally Disabled project although we will be in attendance at the Birmingham workshop.
If you have your own disability events that we can promote please get in touch!