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Lawyers with disabilities invited to share experiences for Legally Disabled? project

1202/2019

The Lawyers with Disabilities Division is asking those working in the legal sector to contribute their experiences to the next stage of their current research.

 

Researchers have been working in partnership with colleagues from Cardiff University on a study to investigate the experiences of disabled people in the legal profession, as part of the Legally Disabled? project.

 

An update has been released after a series of successful focus groups and fifty-five one-to-one interviews.

 

“The research has received an unprecedented level of interest – and so much data has been produced that the project has been extended to allow enough time for analysis,” said the team.

 

“The interview stage of the project concluded in December – this consisted of one-to-one interviews with a wide range of disabled legal professionals, to explore individual experiences in more depth.

 

“An initial analysis of the emerging themes points to a number of factors that influence positive and negative experiences – these factors include opportunities to gain work experience and training contracts to take that first step into a legal career; as well as various conditions that create working environments that help or hinder career progression.”

 

The report on the initial findings of the research is currently being drafted and a questionnaire will be sent out in February to identify how common certain experiences are for disabled legal professionals, as well as the outcomes these experiences lead to.

 

A final report is expected by June 2019, compiling the issues identified by the interviews and the questionnaire.

 

“The report will discuss the experiences of disabled legal professionals – and will put forward constructive ideas for action that employers and professional bodies can take, to create a more inclusive and accessible environment for disabled people in the legal profession,” said the researchers.

 

Later in the year, a conference will be held in London, as well as a workshop day in Cardiff to share and discuss the findings of the research and support the legal profession in understanding how it can improve policy and practice on disability.

 

The researchers can be contacted at info@legallydisabled.com.

 

More information on the project and the funding can be found on the Legally Disabled? and Disability Research on Independent Living & Learning websites.

 

 

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