Lawyers with disabilities

Ask an ambassador: disability and social mobility

To mark Disability History Month, the fourth episode of our Ask an Ambassador podcast series is about the similarities, intersections and differences between social mobility and disability

Hosts Sam Butler and Alice Kinder are joined by fellow social mobility ambassador Lynette Weiland, to discuss personal experiences and perspectives and offer insights on how the profession can be inclusive of people from all backgrounds including;

  • the impact of language
  • support networks
  • recognising the benefits of diversity
  • fostering an inclusive culture
Listen to the podcast:

Episode guest

Lynette Wieland (she/her)Lynette is a white woman with long light blonde hair. She is standing in front of lots of green hedging.

Lynette is a solicitor at Browne Jacobson and specialises in health and social care advisory and inquest work, advising healthcare providers and commissioners.

This includes providing guidance on the mental health law, best interests decisions in the Court of Protection and representing healthcare clients at inquests.

She received a scholarship from our Diversity Access Scheme when entering the profession, is a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society and was recently recognised as Champion of the Year by Next 100 Years. 

As an advocate for social mobility, she shares her experience as a neurodivergent solicitor and as someone who took a non-traditional route into law. 


Sam Butler (he/him)Sam is a white man in a navy suit, standing on some decking. The background is full of green hedges.

Sam is a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society, serving a two-year term. Having trained and qualified as an employment solicitor at international law firm DLA Piper, Sam moved in-house to the legal team of the University of Manchester.

Before entering law, Sam studied a history degree and was twice elected president of his student union. He studied his Graduate Diploma in Law and MSc in business, law and management at the University of Law in Bristol.

Sam has continued to contribute to the higher education sector, sitting on boards and committees for the University of Law, NUS Services Limited, and the University of Liverpool.

Alice Kinder (she/her)Alice has long, dark blonde hair and stands in front of a view of London, with Big Ben in the background.

Alice has an active role in the Birmingham legal community.

She is chair of the Birmingham Law Society Social Mobility Sub-Committee and also sits on the Birmingham Law Society Council, and Equality and Diversity Committee.

Alice became a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society in 2021.

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