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

Matthew Short

My career story

24 February 2015

Matthew Short, a trainee at Allen & Overy, who had his lower leg amputed as a teenager, looks back at his career so far

Andrew Dakoutros

Profile: Andrew Dakoutros

24 February 2015

In the second of our series of profiles of lawyers with disabilities, we feature Andrew Dakoutros, a barrister for The Treasury Solicitor

Yasmin Sadia Sheikh

Profile: Yasmin Sadia Sheikh

24 February 2015

In the first of our series of profiles of lawyers with disabilities, we feature Yasmin Sadia Sheikh, an associate at Clyde & Co

Tony di Angelo

How to succeed in getting a training contract

14 October 2014Updated: 14 January 2015

Trainee solicitor Tony Di Angelo advises that perseverance, passion, purpose and positivity are the key to successfully gaining a training contract.

Lynnette Wieland

Increasing diversity for dyslexics

14 October 2014Updated: 14 January 2015

LPC student Lynnette Wieland shares her views on the use of psychometric tests during the trainee recruitment process, and the importance for firms to have a broader perspective when addressing the needs of dyslexic candidates

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Lawyers with Disabilities Division: Private practice and beyond - various career options (27 April 2015)

During this afternoon seminar, you will hear from a variety of solicitors who have chosen different career paths, whether through choice or by accident. We will also have personal stories from members of LDD who have achieved their goal through sheer hard work and determination

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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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  • Change is afoot on the bench

    Lawyers with no judicial experience given a route to the High Court – a controversial but bold move.

  • Setting a bench mark

    An appropriately sophisticated approach to making the bench more representative of our society.

  • Judicial diversity action plan

    Initiative aims to put lawyers and legal academics with no judicial experience directly on to the High Court’s benches.

  • Lawyers reflect on racism

    ‘Diversity’ was not a word district judge Tan Ikram heard much in the 1990s, he told attendees at the launch of the Law Society’s Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division earlier this month.