Society's News


Notification of Bristol Law Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Bristol Law Society will take place virtually on Tuesday 17 November.  Attendees will be able to join from 5.45pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6pm.  If you wish to attend, please email events@bristollawsociety.com and the joining details will be forwarded to you a few days before the meeting. Please see below all the … more


Corporate Members 2020

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co DAC Beachcroft Devereux & Co Enterprise Chambers The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright Gregg Latchams Ltd Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Kelcey & Hall Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Michelmores LLP MS Rubric Osborne Clarke … more


No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Please note that the BLS office is shut to members at present as we continue to work from home during the pandemic. We can be contacted on info@bristollawsociety.com. In the meantime, our office is now operating as the Bristol Nightingale Court and accordingly, we are unable to hire out our facilities until further notice. (Oct 2020) Bristol Law Society’s suite … more


Lawyers with Disabilities


Disability can affect any one of us, one in four people will be affected by mental ill health in the course of their life and 83 percent of people will acquire their disability whilst in employment.

Bristol Law Society is committed to promoting and supporting ED&I in the legal profession with a focus within Bristol and the South West. As part of this we promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities within the legal profession. Legal professionals can have a wide range of disabilities that affect them to varying degrees, including visual and other sensory impairments, impaired mobility and less immediately apparent disabilities, such as epilepsy, dyslexia and mental health issues.

For more information or local support please contact Coralie McKeivor or Salma Maqsood Coralie.McKeivor@cms-cmno.com         S.Maqsood@barcankirby.co.uk

Legally Disabled Research Project

The ‘Legally Disabled’ survey of solicitors and paralegals found 60% had experienced ill-treatment in the workplace, and of these 80% believed it was related to disability.

This project was led by Professor Debbie Foster of Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University and independent researcher Dr Natasha Hirst and was supported by the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society.

This project was the first of its kind to document the career experiences of disabled people working in the legal profession. Bristol Law Society members have been involved with completing interviews, surveys and providing feedback as part of this project and the follow-up roundtable discussions.

Both the full report and the executive summary of findings and recommendations can be downloaded on the Legally Disabled? website.

Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society

If you are not already a member of the national Law Society Lawyers with Disabilities Division – why not join. Membership of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division is free, and is open to all solicitors and their allies. Members benefit from:
• specialised events and training
• networking opportunities
• a shared platform to exchange views and further mutual interests
• regular e-newsletters and updates
• a one-to-one mentoring programme
• voting rights for division seats on the Law Society’s governing council

To join the Lawyers with Disabilities Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Lawyers with disabilities box in special interests. You will receive regular email updates and tailored content will appear on your My Law Society homepage. For more information email lawyerswithdisabilities@LawSociety.org.uk

News & Articles

SRA: Disability in the Workplace
SRA: Promoting disability inclusion in law firms – setting out good practice
SRA: How diverse is the Legal profession

Resources & Websites

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Equality Act 2010
DWP Health and Disability Assessment Services Framework
Lawyers with Disabilities Division
Lawyers with Disabilities on LinkedIn
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Action on Hearing Loss
Leonard Cheshire
Scope
Autism
Bristol Mind
Mental Health
Disability Rights
Legally Disabled

Business case for diversity and inclusion, which also  contains tips and practical suggestions for leaders to be more inclusive.  – https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/hr-and-people-management/equality-diversity-and-inclusion-a-business-case