Lawyers with disabilities

Legally Disabled? project launches solicitor questionnaire

Are you a disabled person, or someone with a long-term medical condition working in, aspiring to work in, or retired from the legal profession? If so, this research is for you.

The Legally Disabled? research project aims to produce the first large-scale evidence base on the career experiences of disabled people across the legal profession in England and Wales.

Funded by the National Lottery, this is an independent research project headed by Professor Debbie Foster of Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University and has been produced in partnership with Dr Natasha Hirst (independent researcher) and the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society.

The research team is launching the next stage of the research with a questionnaire for disabled people training for or working as solicitors and paralegals. This also includes those who have since left these roles in the profession.

The questionnaire will build on and quantify evidence obtained from one-to-one interviews over the last few months.

Your involvement will help to strengthen the evidence and findings of the research by capturing the experiences of a wide range of disabled people in the legal profession.

Complete the questionnaire for solicitors and paralegals

It should take you about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

The questionnaire can also be saved part way and finished off later. You have the option to skip questions or answer ‘not applicable’ as appropriate to you.

A separate questionnaire for barristers is being finalised and will be launched shortly. This is due to the very different qualification routes and workplace experiences.

If you have any queries or require the questionnaire in a word document or other accessible format, get in touch with Dr Natasha Hirst on

Both researchers are part-time on the project and will respond as soon as possible to any queries.

For more information about the project, visit

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