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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
Sign up or get in touch
We’ve received an excellent response to our initial call for participants in the research.
The research is independent and led by Professor Debbie Foster of Cardiff University. It is supported by the Law Society, the Bar Council, Bar Standards Board and LawCare, who have expressed an interest in the findings to inform future strategies on Equality and Inclusion. Data collected will contribute, in an anonymised form, to academic publications and reports.
The research group is interested in hearing from all disabled people or anyone with a long term health condition who has sought a career (post education) in any part of the law. We are interested in your experiences, the barriers you have faced, and any positive experiences and successes that might form the basis for future best practice.
You can look around our website for more information. The signup bar can be found in the footer of this website or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
These groups are crucial to help us to gain a better insight into the issues that you have faced throughout your career so that we can start to shape our research questions.
We will provide a number of prompts to stimulate discussion to explore the experiences of disabled people and people with health conditions (including mental health) across the legal profession.
- Focus Groups will be run in co-operation with the LDD
- Each session 1.5 hours maximum
- Groups of two to ten people
- Chatham House Rules – confidentiality respected
- Held in accessible venues around England and Wales
- All focus groups facilitated by disabled people
What happens next?
There are a number of key stages to the development of the research, all of which will happen in equal partnership (co-production) with disabled legal professionals.
The project has established a Research Reference Group consisting of only disabled legal professionals and the two key researchers. This group supports the researchers with designing and delivering the research. Data has been collected through a number of focus groups and we will shortly begin one to one interviews. When analysis of the interviews is complete we will distribute a large-scale survey. At all stages, the aim is for disabled people to lead the way.