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Lawyers with Disabilities Division

  • The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession. Lawyers with Disabilities Division members come from a wide range of backgrounds and include law students, retired solicitors, paralegals, law lecturers, practising solicitors and their allies.

    Members have a wide range of disabilities that affect them to varying degrees, including visual and other sensory impairments, impaired mobility and less immediately apparent disabilities, such as epilepsy, dyslexia and mental health issues.

    The Lawyers with Disabilities Division was launched in January 2009, following on from 20 successful years as the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities.

    What does the Lawyers with Disabilities Division do?

    Lawyers with Disabilities promotes equal opportunities for people with disabilities within the legal profession. The division encourages solicitors to use their experiences and expertise to support aspiring solicitors or colleagues seeking to progress in the legal sector.

    • We help members secure work placements and training contracts and we support people with disabilities to access legal services and facilities.
    • We provide an opportunity for those working in the legal sector to make their voice heard to the Law Society, local law societies, the profession, government and other policy makers.
    • We lobby for legislation to protect members’ rights.

    Why should I join?

    Engage with the Law Society on matters of inclusion. Membership of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division is free, and is open to all solicitors and their allies.

    Members benefit from:

    • specialised events and training
    • networking opportunities
    • a shared platform to exchange views and further mutual interests
    • regular e-newsletters and updates
    • a one-to-one mentoring programme
    • voting rights for division seats on the Law Society’s governing council

    Join the Lawyers with Disabilities Division

    To join the Lawyers with Disabilities Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Lawyers with disabilities box in special interests. You will receive regular email updates and tailored content will appear on your My Law Society homepage.

    For more information email lawyerswithdisabilities@LawSociety.org.uk

    Find out about the LDD committee

  • News from the Lawyers with Disabilities Division

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    New study reveals the everyday barriers facing disabled lawyers

    The launch of the Legally Disabled research reveals the career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession.

    24 January 2020
    News

    Legally Disabled - researching into the career experiences of disabled people within the legal profession

    Natasha Hirst tells us more about the "Legally Disabled?" research team and the series of focus groups held around the UK with disabled legal professionals.

    10 December 2019
    Feature

    Use of interpreters in criminal cases

    This practice note advises practitioners on the use of interpreters pre-trial in the police station and in court.

    10 December 2019
    Practice note

    Interview with Anna Vroobel, member of our Lawyers with Disabilities Committee

    Anna Vroobel discusses her experience with disability, and awareness around invisible disabilities in the workplace.

    6 November 2019
    Feature

    Why not the recharger course?

    Placida Ojinnaka shares her thoughts about the personal and professional benefits of attending our recharger course.

    10 September 2019
    Feature

    Interview with Whitney Joseph

    We spoke with Whitney Joseph about her role as a social mobility ambassador and the bias, challenges and positives of social mobility.

    7 August 2019
    Feature

    The legal future of accessible aviation for all

    Mary Doyle, founder of Rocket Girl Coaching, and an accessible aviation consultant, trainer, and writer, discusses flying as a wheelchair user and what is required.

    5 August 2019
    Blog

    Lawtech: What it is, why it matters to disabled people and how IT will shape our future

    Lawyers with Disabilities Committee member Antonio DiAngela takes a look at how lawtech will shape the future of the profession and why it matters to disabled people.

    19 June 2019
    Feature

    Legally Disabled? project launches solicitor questionnaire

    The Lawyers with Disabilities Division is encouraging members to take part in the next stage of the Legally Disabled? research project.

    5 June 2019
    News

    Seeking new Lawyers with Disabilities Division Committee members

    The Lawyers with Disabilities Division is looking for new members to join their Committee.

    30 May 2019
    News
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