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:
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.
- 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.
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.
This event is free to attend. Book your place here.
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.
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.
New network welcomes all disabled lawyers and students
The Association will include disabled lawyers and lawyers with mental health experiences and/or who have a long-term health condition. This includes anyone studying or practicing law.
After becoming involved with the “Legally Disabled?” research project, aspiring Barrister Daniel Holt recognised a need for an inclusive network for all disabled lawyers from different areas of the profession.
Daniel said, “The Association will exist to create a community and network for disabled lawyers. We want to make it known that you can practice law and be a disabled person. There are many obstacles that make entering the legal professions and maintaining a career difficult.
Continue reading “Association of Disabled Lawyers launches!”
“Legally Disabled?” finds significant barriers for disabled legal professionals
Press release 5th June 2018
Professor Debbie Foster of Cardiff University Business School and independent researcher Dr Natasha Hirst are conducting groundbreaking research into the experiences of disabled people in the legal profession. The independent research is funded by DRILL (Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning), which delivers the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people.
Initial findings from focus groups of disabled legal professionals highlight a mixed bag of experiences:
Continue reading ““Significant barriers for disabled legal professionals””
Are you a disabled legal professional?
We are embarking on the interview stage of our research, involving individual, one-to-one interviews. These can be conducted face-to-face, by phone or by Skype and may take between 1 to 2 hours. We can factor in breaks and work to times that suit your requirements.
We are seeking to interview people with impairments or health conditions, from different areas of the legal profession. This includes those who have qualified but can’t secure work or training contracts, those working in the profession and those who have since left.
Please get in touch on email@example.com if you would like to put yourself forward for interview or wish to find out more.
‘My cerebral palsy may affect my speech and mobility, but it won’t stop me becoming a barrister’
Daniel Holt, a member of the “Legally Disabled?” Research Reference Group is the subject of an article in Legal Cheek, discussing his determination to reach the Bar.
Continue reading “The challenges of reaching the Bar”
The focus groups consisted of a diverse range of disabled legal professionals with different backgrounds and at varying points in their careers, from newly graduated to retired. Some participants entered the legal profession with an impairment or health condition and some acquired an impairment later in their career.
Continue reading “Focus group findings”
Focus Groups around England and Wales
Focus Groups help us to understand the key issues impacting on disabled legal professionals and will shape the direction of our research.
Following a successful series of focus groups in 2017, we are delighted to announce further opportunities to take part in the research.
The 2018 Focus Groups for all disabled legal professionals will be:
Birmingham 12th February, 12.30 – 2pm
Cardiff 9th February, 1 – 2.30pm and 16th February, 2 – 3.30pm
Manchester 26th February 5 – 6.30pm
London (Barristers and Clerks only) 2nd and 19th February, 4.30pm – 6pm
Continue reading “2018 Focus Group dates announced”