Disability group puts law firms under pressure

An organisation for disabled solicitors is to lobby law firms in a bid to help students with disabilities land training contracts.

The Group for Solicitors with Disabilities has established a training contract and legal education working party in order to focus on the issue of disabled law students entry into the profession. The group says that people with disabilities have great difficulty securing vacation places and training.

The group has expressed concern that law firms may not be taking disability seriously as a recent questionnaire sent by the working party to 500 law firms in England and Wales on training contract recruitment practices was returned by only 1 per cent of firms. It now plans to take more direct action and is set to collar law firms on their stands at the National Graduate Law Fair and promote itself at the Law Society Annual Conference.

In time, the group hopes to produce a booklet showing which firms are truly disability friendly. The group would like to know the experiences of students and trainees.

For more information go to www.gsdnet.org.uk