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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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    Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

    On Sunday 30 October, the Government announced a major consultation on helping disabled people into work, Improving lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper.

    16 January 2017
    News

    Collecting, reporting and publishing diversity data

    Practice note on managing SRA requirements for measuring levels of diversity and social mobility in the legal workforce.

    3 October 2016
    Practice note

    People with disabilities

    People who have disabilities are not excluded from the legal recruitment market and are very capable of becoming successful members of the solicitors' profession.

    29 September 2016
    Information

    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.

    20 October 2015
    Practice note

    Starting fresh

    Zarina Bostan talks about her journey to becoming an LPC graduate

    1 October 2015
    Feature

    Flexible working

    This practice note offers advice on that right and suggests forms of flexible working that practices may wish to consider.

    14 August 2015
    Practice notes

    Dyslexia and the law

    Ruth Fenton, a legal business strategist, mentors disabled law students and solicitors. Ruth explains how the legal profession can support dyslexic staff and what the benefits are of doing so.

    8 June 2015
    Feature

    My career story

    Matthew Short, a trainee at Allen & Overy, who had his lower leg amputed as a teenager, looks back at his career so far.

    25 February 2015
    Feature

    Features for lawyers with disabilities

    Features for lawyers with disabilities.

    25 June 2014

    Equality and diversity requirements: SRA Handbook

    This practice note includes examples of behaviours which may enable adherence to the outcomes, as well as examples of behaviours which would not. It also sets out how the Law Society can assist you and your practice in this area.

    18 July 2012
    Practice note
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