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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

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    We asked Jonathan Andrews to share his thoughts on representation of disabled lawyers, and common misconceptions about autism.

    19 March 2019
    Feature

    Diversity boost for legal profession

    Talented trainee lawyers are invited to apply for a place on the profession's Diversity Access Scheme (DAS).

    4 February 2019
    Press release

    Catch up with Katherine Ramo, associate at CMS

    We speak with Katherine about working at CMS and her role as founder and chair of the CMS ENABLE Disability Network.

    31 January 2019
    Audio

    Legally Disabled? research project enters the next stage

    We have been working with researchers from Cardiff University to investigate the experiences of people with disabilities in the legal profession.

    28 January 2019
    News

    Supporting solicitors with cancer

    The LDD and Macmillan Cancer Support have outlined the key steps your firm can take to support employees with cancer and other 'invisible' disabilities in the workplace.

    6 December 2018
    Feature

    'Legally Disabled?' finds significant barriers for disabled legal professionals

    Professor Debbie Foster and Dr Natasha Hirst are conducting groundbreaking research into the experiences of disabled people in the legal profession.

    11 July 2018
    News

    Neurodiversity in the legal profession

    Find out more about how the Law Society is supporting people who are neurodivergent.

    28 June 2018
    Feature

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

    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.

    24 January 2018
    News

    Government launches initiative to increase diverse candidates on public bodies

    The government public appointments action plan is aimed at attracting more candidates from diverse backgrounds.

    19 December 2017
    News

    Law Society celebrates positive changes in the profession with 'Inclusion through diversity' event

    The Law Society hosted its inaugural 'Inclusion through diversity' celebration event to acknowledge and celebrate the positive changes we are seeing in the profession and how it supports its people.

    18 December 2017
    News
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