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Legally Disabled? The career experiences of disabled people working in the legal profession. Full report

Foster, Deborah ORCID: and Hirst, Natasha 2020. Legally Disabled? The career experiences of disabled people working in the legal profession. Full report. Cardiff University. Available at:

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Foreword The well established philosophy of the disability rights movement in the UK is ‘nothing about us without us’. For this reason the ‘Legally Disabled’ project co produced this research and its recommendations with disabled people in the legal profession in E ngland Wales: involving at every stage those that will be affected and (we trust), will benefit, from its findings. Funded by national lottery money awarded to DRILL (Disability Research for Independent Living and Learning), a four nations consortium of the UK’s disability rights organisations, this research is the first of its kind, led by disabled researchers and involving disabled people in the UK legal profession It draws on the expertise of Dr Debbie Foster, Professor of Employment Relations Dive rsity at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, and co researcher Dr Natasha Hirst, independent researcher, photo journalist and disability rights campaigner. The aims and objectives of DRILL together with the partnership of the Lawyers with Disabili ties Division ( of The Law Society facilitated unprecedented access, trust and the involvement of disabled people in the profession. Many people contributed to the success of this project, not least participants that gave up time to attend focus groups be interviewed, or fill out questionnaires and encouraged others to do so. Special thanks go to Disability Wales who chose to fund the project through DRILL, Jane Burton, Chair of the LDD, the LDD Committee, members of our Research Reference Group, City Disabilities and its founder Robert Hunter, Daniel Holt of the Association of Disabled Lawyers ( the Interlaw Diversity Forum, Elizabeth Rimmer CEO of Lawcare, Isabel Baylis ED&I advisor at Matrix Chambers and the ED&I teams at TLS, SRA, Bar Council BSB. Finally, thanks to Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University and the ESRC for supporting the research through the provision of time and funds to the research team.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Cardiff University
Funders: Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL). National Lottery.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 23 January 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 09:31

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