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Legally Disabled? The career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession and developing future strategies

24 January 2018

With funding from the Big Lottery Programme Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL), Cardiff University is conducting independent research into the experiences of legal professionals who define themselves as disabled, or who have a long-term health condition. Researchers want to document the barriers this group experience in the profession, identify examples of good practice and discuss how the profession could be more inclusive.

The research seeks disabled people who have completed formal education and are either in training, seeking training, working or seeking work in the legal profession, or who have left due to disabling barriers or retirement.

Read more about the project

Focus groups

Focus groups will be used to help the team to understand the key issues impacting on disabled legal professionals and will shape the direction of their research.

The 2018 focus groups for disabled legal professionals will be held in the following cities:

Birmingham, 12 February, 12.30-14:00

Cardiff, 9 February, 13:00-14:30 and 16 February, 14:00-15:30

Manchester, 26 February, 17:00-18:30

London (Barristers and Clerks only), 2 and 19 February, 16.30-18:00

Join a focus group

To accommodate any access requirements and ensure that group sizes are manageable, please book your place by emailing  

You can also use this email address if you have any questions about the purpose, eligibility and functioning of the focus groups.

The focus groups are only open to disabled legal professionals (this includes physical and sensory impairments, health conditions, mental health conditions and learning difficulties.)

We understand that many people choose not to disclose disability to employers and colleagues and we take account of this in the research methodology. The groups will be facilitated by disabled people to Chatham House rules. No personal details will be shared.

Other ways to get involved

Professor Debbie Foster and Dr Natasha Hirst will begin conducting one-on-one interviews in March 2018. You can contact them on to register an interest in participating in the research, via focus groups and/or interviews.


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