Disability in the legal profession – Roundtables

legally disabled roundtable events easy wins and action points for 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:

http://legallydisabled.com/research-reports/

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

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

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.

Launch of Solicitor’s Questionnaire

screenshot of the web page for the Legally Disabled questionnaire for solicitors

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 legal profession? 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 solicitors and paralegals. This also includes those who have since left these roles in the profession.

UPDATE: The deadline for response has been extended to 7th July 2019.

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.

Click here to fill in the questionnaire for solicitors and paralegals.

UPDATE: The deadline for response has been extended to 7th July 2019.

We anticipate that it will take approximately 20 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.

A separate questionnaire for Barristers has also been launched. This is due to the very different qualification routes and workplace experiences. If you are unsure as to which is best suited for you, please contact Dr Natasha Hirst on HirstN2@cardiff.ac.uk

Click here to fill in the survey for barristers. 

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.

Revised research timetable

Legally Disabled project secures further funding

We are very pleased to announce that we have secured further funding from Cardiff University that will enable us to extend the timescale and activities of the Legally Disabled research project.

This will enable us to do more work around disseminating the research and engaging with organisations across the legal profession to ensure that our findings and recommendations have greater impact.

Continue reading “Revised research timetable”

SRA Disability Workshops – spaces available

People networking in a large reception area

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:

 

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!

Your opportunity to make a difference!

Actively seeking to interview disabled legal professionals from diverse groups, barristers and people in Wales.

We have been delighted with the support and interest in our research and are hugely grateful to everyone who has contributed so far.

There are still a few opportunities left to do one to one interviews about your experiences of working in the legal profession or seeking work. All interviews remain confidential.

We include people who are disabled and/or have a long-term health condition and we are especially keen to hear from more barristers, people working in Wales and anyone from other diverse groups such as BAME, LGBTQ.

This is your opportunity to influence a positive change in the legal profession to create a more inclusive and accessible sector for disabled people.

Please get in touch with any queries you may have on:

info@legallydisabled.com

Seminar – invisible disabilities in the workplace

We have been asked to promote this free seminar – if you have an interest in disability within the legal profession, then this will be a timely and relevant event to attend.

The invisible impairments in the workplace event has been designed to support solicitors, HR and D&I practitioners. This event looks at the varying experiences of members of the profession who live with invisible/hidden impairments. We will also be discussing conditions such as cancer that have been acquired during a solicitors working career and the ways in which employers can be better equipped to support an employee with an invisible impairment.

Learning objectives

  • Top tips on how to discuss your disability in the workplace
  • Learn how to support an employee with a hidden disability
  • Gain first hand insight of the experiences of solicitors with hidden disabilities.

Programme

17:00 – 17:30 Registration and refreshments

17:30 – 17:40  Welcome and introductions

17:40 – 18:50  Panel session Vanessa Forster, British Council legal team and LDD committee member Robert Hunter, partner, Edmonds Marshall McMahon and LDD committee member
Caroline Milton, Macmillan at work delivery manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

18:50 – 19:05  Comfort Break

19:05 – 19:45  Q&A session 19:45 – 20:30  Networking drinks

Who should attend?

This event is open to all solicitors, D&I and HR professionals.

Price

This event is free to attend. Book your place here.

 

The Lawyers with Disabilities Division

Introducing our key partner

We have added a new page to our website that gives you an overview of the work of our key partner, the Lawyers with Disabilities Division.

Take a look to find out who they are, what they do and how you can become a member.

Upcoming event

There will be a mini-conference on 21st November starting at 5.30pm until 8 pm at the Law Society, covering invisible disabilities. Members of the LDD committee in practice, will talk about how they qualified and work successfully with impairments.

Lawyers with Disabilities Division has a Facebook page which posts updates on LDD events, funding and work opportunities, general legal news and current disability issues.