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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

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  • News from the Lawyers with Disabilities Division

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    Disability in the legal profession - roundtables to discuss the current position and where we go from here

    Join one of our roundtables to discuss the research findings from the Legally Disabled? project.

    4 May 2020

    LDD Committee members

    Meet the members of the Lawyers with Disabilities Committee

    23 April 2020

    Celebrating junior lawyers' work: My experience of entering the Law Society Excellence Awards

    Jonathan Andrews, associate at Reed Smith, shares his experience as a junior lawyer and entering the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards.

    17 April 2020

    Update on the Cardiff University 'Legally Disabled' project

    Debbie Foster and Natasha Hirst share how they've been disseminating the findings of the Legally Disabled research project.

    3 April 2020

    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

    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

    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

    Why not the recharger course?

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

    10 September 2019

    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
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