Research Reports

This page holds the reports from ‘Legally Disabled? The career experiences of disabled people working in the legal profession’. The research reports were launched at our conference on the 24th January 2020.

Launched on the 2nd November 2020, our follow-up research, in partnership with The Law Society, shows how disabled lawyers have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and how increased remote working and more flexibility with reasonable adjustments could make the legal profession more accessible.

We continued to work with the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of The Law Society to produce ‘Easy Wins’ documents and reasonable adjustments guidance.

The project concluded during 2021.

The funding for Legally Disabled has now closed but you can still get in touch with queries or requests.

Please email lead researcher, Prof Debbie Foster, on

Download the research reports

Summary report of findings and recommendations – PDF

Summary report of findings and recommendations – Word doc

Legally Disabled full report – PDF

Legally Disabled full report – Word doc

NewCovid-19 Report – PDF

NewCovid-19 Report – Word

If you reference or use our research in any way you must credit the authors and Cardiff University.

Conference report

We held our conference on the 24th January 2020 to share the research findings and recommendations and begin discussions across the legal profession on how to influence change to policies and practice.

Conference report 2020 – PDF

Conference report 2020 – Word doc

Impact work and roundtables

We held a series of online roundtables from March to July to discuss the findings of the research and how organisations can begin to put the recommendations into practice.

Click the link below to download the presentation slides. A captioned video recording of the roundtable will be added in due course.

Legally Disabled roundtable presentation (PDF)


Press release – word

Executive summary for journalists – word


We have been grateful for all individuals who have participated in the research, the support of our key partner, the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of The Law Society, the members of our research reference group and professional bodies and regulators and our funder, the National Lottery, through the DRILL programme.

Prof Debbie Foster and Dr Natasha Hirst