Disabled dilemmas

The difficulties faced by disabled solicitors were all too poignantly pointed out at the inaugural conference for the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities. Finding training contracts is still extremely difficult, with firms showing little courage in their attitude to such applications. The humiliations which some have had to endure in the course of interviews are also galling, and few firms seem to have wheelchair access.

While this is indicative of the general attitude of society towards disability, is it naive to expect the legal profession to have a slightly more enlightened attitude?

The Law Society has come up with good practice measures to deal with discrimination, but they seem to have been ignored by most of the profession. Perhaps the new Disability Discrimination Act will have more meaning for the profession.