24 August 2019

"Legally Disabled?" project launches barristers' questionnaire

Are you a disabled person, or someone with a long-term medical condition working in, aspiring to work in (eg in training), or retired from the legal profession?

The "Legally Disabled?" research project aims to produce the first large scale evidence base on the career experiences of disabled people across the legal profession in England and Wales. Funded by the National Lottery, this is an independent research project headed by Professor Debbie Foster of Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University and has been produced in partnership with Dr Natasha Hirst (independent researcher) and disabled people from the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of The Law Society.

The "Legally Disabled?" team are pleased to launch the next stage of the research with a questionnaire for disabled people training for or working as barristers. This also includes those who have since left these roles in the profession. The Bar Standards Board is not involved in this research but it is part of our statutory objectives to promote diversity at the Bar and we have been asked by the researchers to make you aware of their research

This questionnaire will build on and quantify evidence obtained from one to one interviews over the last few months. The researchers would welcome the  involvement of barristers in order to strengthen the evidence and findings of the research by capturing the experiences of a wide range of disabled people in the legal profession. Time is very short, however, and the researchers are hoping that barristers will  complete the barristers' survey online before 15 July 2019. 

We are told that  that it will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete the questionnaire and that it can also be saved part way and finished off later. You also have the option to skip questions or answer 'not applicable' as appropriate to you.

More information is available on the Legally Disabled website.

​If you have any queries or require the questionnaire in a word document or other accessible format please get in touch with Dr Natasha Hirst via HirstN2@cardiff.ac.uk

Please note that both researchers are part-time on the project and will respond as soon as possible to any queries. For more information about the project please visit  www.legallydisabled.com