Legally Disabled Roundtable

  • When: 14/07/2021 17:30 - 18:30
  • Where: Online
  • Summary: Virtual roundtable
  • Details:

    The Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society of England and Wales (LDD), in collaboration with the Legally Disabled research team and Manchester Law Society, are holding a virtual roundtable for law firms, chambers and in house legal teams on Wednesday 14th July, 2021 at 5.30 pm.

    The roundtable will be focused on the findings of the ground-breaking Legally Disabled research project about the negative and positive experiences of qualified disabled people working, or seeking to work, in the legal profession.
    No matter how big or small your firm, in-house team or organisation, you can make a positive change to improve disability inclusion and we hope that the event will help to support you to start, or improve, the process of understanding barriers faced by disabled people and take steps to embed disability equality into your policies, procedures and organisational culture. We hope that we can help to remove the disadvantage that disabled people in the legal professions face, as well as understand what accessibility and inclusion mean in practice.

    The roundtable will be led by members of Manchester Law Society ED&I committee and the LDD committee. There will be a practical and constructive overview of the research findings and recommendations in a video presentation by Professor Foster and Dr Hirst. This will be followed by a discussion about actions and ‘easy wins’ to support firms and help organisations to identify opportunities and challenges for improving disability inclusion.

    The roundtable will last 90 minutes, including looking in depth at the easy wins and how the suggestions may be implemented.

    The Law Society have launched a resource covering these easy wins which will be available to everyone. Registered participants in the roundtable will be sent an advance copy to inform any questions.

    Please note that you can access the report and its summary, produced by the team at Cardiff University which you may find useful before you join the roundtable HERE

    If you, and your firm, are interested in the rights of people with disabilities and working for diversity in the profession please join our round table event which we think will be of interest to your HR team, partners involved in recruitment and promotion and anybody dealing with the management of your firm, chambers or company.

    Please feel free to circulate this email to any of your colleagues and contacts who you think might be interested in joining us.

    If you would like to attend please email FranEccles-Bech@manchesterlawsociety.org.uk who will send you the link to join the meeting.

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