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We launched our Disabled Lawyer and Proud Campaign in July 2022 to mark Disability Pride Month. Disability Pride Month means different things to different people. For us, it is an opportunity to showcase disabled lawyers and inspire the disabled lawyers of tomorrow.

 

Disabled Lawyer and Proud a visual campaign that uses articles and interviews to:

 

  • Enhance the visibility of disabled lawyers across the legal sector; 

  • Raise awareness of the obstacles disabled lawyers experience;

  • Share ideas to address these issues;

  • Demonstrate the ways disabled people can work in the legal sector; and

  • Encourage disabled students to pursue careers in the legal professions.

Please do check out the content below and return in the future for additions.

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Christina Warner Interview

Christina Warner is a family and animal protection barrister at Goldsmith Chambers. 

 

 Having been described by her clients as a “powerful” advocate with a “human touch”, Christina has raised awareness of the needs of LGBTQ+ people, Latinx communities and disabled people accessing the family courts as well as promoting their rights generally through pro bono contributions to charities and projects.

 

Having also been recognised as a “pioneer” in the field of animal protection law, Christina has fought to bring attention to the link between violence towards animals and children and domestic abuse.

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Audrey Ludwig Interview

Audrey Ludwig is Head of Legal Services and Senior Solicitor at Suffolk Law Centre and is a member of the Discrimination Law Association. She has dedicated her recent career to ensuring that people in Suffolk can accress justice. She campaigned for a legal advice centre in the area and the neccessary funding. Suffolk Law Centre now has 60+ volunteers and 13+ staff members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Phillimore Interview

Joanna Owen joined Access Social Care as a Legal Manager where she is working with a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers and caseworkers. Joanna supports and supervises caseworkers, training new staff and working with the Head of Legal to continue developing ASC's legal team. Joanna is an experienced lawyer, specialising in equality and human rights as well as social care. Her last job was at the EHRC where she led their legal work on health and social care. She is passionate about disability rights and has strong links to the disability rights movement where her interest in law originated.

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Fiona Hewitt Interview

Fiona Hewitt is Senior Associate and Head of Employment and Commercial Disputes at Neves Solicitors. Fiona and the Commercial Litigation team are listed in the 2022 edition of the Legal 500. Fiona has enjoyed a fruitful and varied career since qualifying in 2002. Fiona trained at a ground-breaking firm before joining a national firm. She went on to found a firm in which her department was listed in the Legal 500 and then worked for herself for around 6 years. Fiona is also a passionate mediator.

 

Fiona is a proud Committee Member of the Law Society’s Lawyers with Disabilities Division and Honorary Solicitor for Team Endeavour Racing, part of the Invictus Games Foundation.

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Emma Vogelmann Interview

Emma Vogelmann currently works at Scope as Lead Policy Adviser for Children and Young People. Emma previously worked at Muscular Dystrophy UK for three years where she lead their disabled employment work, including writing the Ready and Able report that was launched at Parliament in 2019. Emma has also worked freelance doing policy work, public speaking, writing blogs, accessibility consulting, communications, and social media. She has worked with SMA UK doing online community sessions, Elect Her on their communications and accessibility work and Cosmopolitan Care on employment contracts and legal activity.

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Dr Daniel Taylor Interview

Dr Daniel Taylor was a research scientist in a previous life, with an MChem in biological and medical chemistry, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, an MSc in bioinformatics and a PhD in five physics. Dr Taylor is now an aspiring barrister and enjoys walking his west highland terrier, supporting Norwich City football club, speaking German, going to the gym, and undertaking marathons on his hand cycle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joanna Owen Interview

Joanna Owen joined Access Social Care as a Legal Manager where she is working with a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers and caseworkers. Joanna supports and supervises caseworkers, training new staff and working with the Head of Legal to continue developing ASC's legal team. Joanna is an experienced lawyer, specialising in equality and human rights as well as social care. Her last job was at the EHRC where she led their legal work on health and social care. She is passionate about disability rights and has strong links to the disability rights movement where her interest in law originated.