Lawyers with disabilities

Lawyers with Disabilities Division Committee members

Jane Burton (chair)

Jane BurtonJane is the chair of the division. She has been a member of the LDD executive since 2008, first as an honorary secretary, and then as a deputy vice-chair.

Jane is the Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) representative to the Junior Lawyers Division National Committee.

Yasmin Sheikh (vice chair)

Yasmin SheikhYasmin is the vice-chair of the division. She is a diversity consultant specialising in disability issues.

Yasmin is also a trainer and TEDx speaker who helps organisations perform more effectively and with confidence. She worked at Clyde & Co LLP as a lawyer for 10 years.

Gemma Beer

Gemma BeerGemma joined the LDD committee in September 2019 and qualified in 2020. She is also a regional representative for the Scoliosis Association UK.

Mark Blois

Mark was appointed to the LDD committee in 2019.

He is a partner and head of education at Browne Jacobson LLP, where his work includes advising education institutions on a range of including special educational needs and disability.

Rob Camm

Rob has been a member of the LDD committee since 2019. He is a trainee at Osborne Clarke in Bristol and has been working there since 2019. Rob has a particular interest in the issues facing disabled students and trainees.

Tony Diangelo

Tony is a dual-qualified lawyer and recently completed his training contract. 

He is passionate about developing lawtech and assistive and adaptive technologies that support disabled lawyers and disabled people. Tony is the project lead on the LDD’s legal tech and artificial intelligence project team. 

Nick Glossop

Nick Glossop has over 19 years of experience in further and higher education and is a dynamic and progressive diversity and inclusion champion.

For the last seven years, Nick has worked for the BPP Group as the group head of inclusion and learning support. His role includes responsibility for learning support, equality and diversity, mental health, wellbeing, widening participation, safeguarding and Prevent.

Shama Gupta

Shama has been a member of the LDD since 2017 and her interest is in raising awareness of mental wellbeing in particular, about which she speaks at various organisations, and intersectionality.

She is one of the Law Society’s social mobility ambassadors and is currently the diversity and inclusion ambassador for Freeths LLP.

Lizzie Hardy

Lizzie HardyLizzie is an associate solicitor at Eversheds Sutherland, specialising in employment law. She has been involved in the committee since 2019.

She is particularly passionate about recruiting and training disabled talent in the law, and draws upon her experience as a junior lawyer when speaking at panel events.

Fiona Hewitt

Fiona HewittFiona qualified in 2002 and is currently head of employment and commercial disputes at Neves Solicitors. She is a new committee member and is particularly passionate about ‘less obvious’ and unseen disabilities.

Rhian Hooton

Rhian Hooton is a white woman with long, straight blonde hair. She is smiling and wears a black floral blouse.Rhian is a medical negligence solicitor at Irwin Mitchell and disability subcommittee chair at Cardiff Law Society.

She is very passionate about improving disability inclusion within legal services and speaks openly about her own experience as a lawyer with a non-visible disability.

Rhian established the first D&I subcommittee within a local law society that is dedicated to improving disability inclusion and is committed to raising awareness of the ways in which businesses can make their workplaces more inclusive.

Arwen Makin

Arwen Makin is a white woman with short maroon hair. She smiles and wears a leopard print blouse.Arwen qualified in 2002 and has enjoyed a wide-ranging career specialising in both employment and criminal law. She works at the CPS as a senior Crown prosecutor.

She was diagnosed as autistic and with ADHD in 2020. She has always been passionate about diversity and inclusion and is delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the LDD committee.

Coralie McKeivor

Coralie McKeivor is an Asian woman with medium-length curly dark brown hair. She is smiling and wears glasses and a purple floral blouse.Coralie is a managing associate at Freeths LLP in Bristol and specialises in real estate.

She has a particular interest in support for legal professionals with non-visible disabilities, as well as intersectionality, and joined the LDD committee in 2021.

Coralie is also the co-chair of the ED&I committee of Bristol Law Society.

Reena Parmar

Reena Parmar is an Asian woman with long, straight dark brown hair. She is smiling and wears a black blouse.Reena joined the LDD committee in October 2021. She is a senior knowledge lawyer for debt capital markets at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, with more than 20 years of legal experience.

She is also co-chair of the Freshfields UK employee disability network.

Demi Rixon

Demi RixonDemi graduated with a first-class honours from De Montfort University in 2018. Since then she has worked as a real estate paralegal at both global and regional firms and a legal IT training consultant.

Demi is now studying her LPC and LLM part-time at BPP University Birmingham. 

Demi also works as a diversity assistant at Freeths LLP. As well as other barriers facing disabled lawyers, Demi is keen to raise awareness of invisible disabilities and the importance of accessibility of technologies. 

Sanjay Solanki

Sanjay Solanki is an Asian man with a shaved head. He smiles and is wearing a charcoal grey suit, a white shirt and a red tie.Sanjay is a solicitor at Penmans and specialises in family law. He is a subcommittee member of the Birmingham Law Society's disability team and is passionate about raising awareness of mental and physical health issues.

Sanjay co-runs and is a keynote speaker at Stand Up to Stammering, a group created to offer online support to the stuttering community.

Placida Uzoamaka Ojinnaka

Placida is a non-practising solicitor, who has been a member of the LDD since 2004. She is involved with various disability-related organisations, raising issues concerning disabled people via social media.

Placida is also the Law Society Council member representing disabled solicitors.

Anna Vroobel

Anna is a solicitor at Irwin Mitchell and specialises in clinical negligence litigation.

 

 

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