Lawyers with Disabilities Division

Welcome to the Lawyers with Disabilities Division - the community promoting equality of opportunity for solicitors, would-be solicitors and clients with disabilities

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Judicial diversity statistics - a look at the courts

18 August 2016

Read an overview of the diversity statistics for the judiciary and how to apply for a support programme to support these changes.

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Autism and anxiety in life and at work

29 July 2016

Jonathan Andrews, future trainee solicitor at leading law firm Reed Smith and on the Parliamentary Commission for Autism, writes on his own experiences of ‘autistic anxiety’, and how it can manifest both in employment, and in everyday life. 

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Mental health case study: Lauren Giblin

26 May 2016

Laura Giblin talks about her diagnosis, her treatment and her advice to employers

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Living Beyond Labels: Crippled, Handicapped, Disabled

20 May 2016

Members of the LDD recently visited an exhibition at OXO Tower called, ‘Crippled, Handicapped, Disabled: Living Beyond Labels.’ 

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My take on 'Me Before You'

19 May 2016Updated: 20 June 2016

Yasmin Sheikh, vice-chair of LDD, talks about the film ‘Me before You’ and how it has an adverse effect on combating stereotypes and negative portrayals of those with disabilities

All Features and Comment

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Does technology stress you out?

29 July 2016

Yasmin Sheikh looks at the releationship between technology and our mental health.

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Technology and Mental Health

29 July 2016

Yasmin Sheikh talks about how technology can help your mental health.

All Technology and Disability

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Help us fill in the blanks: equality in law

18 August 2016

Please give us 15 minutes of your time to updating the Career Progression Report survey.

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WLD Committee vacancies

18 August 2016

The Women Lawyers Division is looking for brilliant and practical women solicitors to join our committee!

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A Spectrum of Obstacles: An Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for Autistic People

29 July 2016

The Westminster Commission on Autism, with support of Jonathan Andrews, LDD committee member,  have looked into healthcare for autistic people and produced a report on their findings.

All News and updates

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Increasing diversity in the judiciary

Following the success of a pilot exercise in 2015, the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) will be running a selection exercise in November to appoint up to 15 deputy high court judges

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LGBT speed networking (31 October)

The Law Society’s newly formed LGBT Division invites you to join them on 31 October for a chance to network with LGBT solicitors from both in house and law firms, law students and senior LGBT solicitors.

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Returner course (21-22 October)

On 21-22 October 2016, the Law Society’s Women Lawyers Division are delivering this two-day course which will provide returning solicitors, men and women, with the tools they require to enable them to return to the profession after a career break.

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LDD October Conference: #MainstreamDisability

The Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) are delighted to invite you to their October Conference. This year we will launch our new #MainstreamDisability project.

Resilience and well-being workshops

WLD leadership workshop - career resilience (15 September)

Learn how to build your career resilience with this workshop.


Judicial appointments: interview training for solicitors (23 September)

In view of increasing competition for judicial appointments, this interactive course will equip you with the skills to help enhance your application and interview performance. This workshop has been developed specifically for solicitor applicants but the content is relevant for anyone serious about submitting a credible judicial application.


BAME: speed networking event (27 September)

On 27 September 2016, the Law Society is hosting a speed networking event aimed at black and minority ethnic solicitors.

Preparing students for gaining entry to the solicitors profession

Apprenticeships in law briefing – what law firms need to know (27 September)

This event is designed for any legal employers – both law firms and in-house departments - with an interest in learning more about apprenticeships in law.  

All Events

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About the Lawyers with Disabilities Division

Lawyers with Disabilities Division members come from a wide range of backgrounds and include law students, retired solicitors, paralegals, law lecturers and practising solicitors.

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