CONFIDENCE IN ALL MINDS

Promoting diversity through a neurodivergent lens

previous events

Add Your Heading Text Here Assessment Centre Insight Event

In March, Neurodiversity in Law held an Assessment Centre Insight Event. This event was open to all of those applying for training contracts and those going through the Assessment Centres process. We had an amazing panel of current and future trainee solicitors. 

The panel included:

James Kitching – A Corporate Solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson.

Sachin Shah – Trainee Solicitor at Clyde & Co.

Christopher Cockerill – Trainee Solicitor at Macfarlanes LLP.

Ayobami Babatunde – Future Trainee Solicitor at DAC Beachcroft LLP.

This event focused on written tests, in-tray exercises, group discussions, case studies and presentations. 

Add Your Heading Text Here Inns of Court Scholarship Event

In February 2021, Neurodiversity in Law held a panel event with current and past recipients of Inn scholarships to provide high-quality advice on how to secure an inn scholarship.

Our panellists included those from Gray’s Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, and all of have had secured at least one prestigious scholarship within the last five years.

 

The panel included:

 

Lady-Gene Waszkewitz – 25 Bedford Row.

Fen Greatley-Hirsh – Broadway House.

Daniel Wand – 4 King’s Bench Walk.

Richard Eschwege – Brick Court Chambers.

Add Your Heading Text Here Embracing Diversity Event

Neurodiversity in Law is a new organisation focusing on highlighting and promoting the talents of neurodivergent people, specifically in the context of how they can contribute to the legal professions. Membership is open to both law students and legal professionals. We hope that by participating in an open discourse we will be able to foster a network of chambers and firms that are open to new perspectives. 

In October 2020, Neurodiversity in Law launched as a new organisation and held a joint event in collaboration with a number of different organisations. This event focused on ‘Embracing Diversity’. 

We collaborated with Bridging The Bar, Aspiring Solicitors, Jonathan Andrews and Themis! 

The panel included:

Chris White – CEO Aspiring Solicitors. 

Margherita Cornaglia – Junior Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers.

Jonathan Andrews – Associate at Reed Smith.

 Michael Etienne – Barrister at Garden Court Chambers. 

Neurodiversity in Law are committed to working collaboratively with other quality and diversity support networks to promote equality and diversity within the legal sector! 

Add Your Heading TextTraining Contract and Pupillage Application Clinics

In December 2020, Neurodiversity in Law held two Application Clinics.

A Training Contract clinic was open to those who are/were applying for Training Contracts. It was an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. The Training Contract clinic began by an intervention from the panellists on: (1) How to deal with mitigating circumstances? and (2) When and how to request reasonable adjustments?  

There was an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Questions asked were: Should I disclose my neurodivergent condition(s) in my training contract application? Will I be prejudiced in doing so? What is the best manner to approach law firms about reasonable adjustments?

The panel included:

Jodie Hill – Thrive Law.

Arwen Makin – CPS.

Anna Richardson – HR at Russell-Cooke. 

We also held a Pupillage clinic. This was an informal session for aspiring barristers to ask questions to the professionals who often find themselves sitting at Pupillage committees, and who once themselves navigated the same waters as attendees find themselves in now. 

The Pupillage clinic began by an intervention from the panellists on: (1) How to deal with mitigating circumstances? and (2) When and how to request reasonable adjustments?  

There was once again an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Questions asked were: Should I disclose my neurodivergent condition(s) in my Pupillage contract application? Will I be prejudiced in doing so? What is the best manner to approach Chambers about reasonable adjustments? 

The panel included:

Nicole Rushton QC – Hailsham Chambers.

Stuart Withers – No 5 Chambers.

Mary Prior QC –  The 36 Group.

Lady-Gene Waszkewitz – 25 Bedford Row.

Add Your Heading Text HerNeurodiversity In Law's Coffee Talks

Neurodiversity in Law’s ‘Coffee Talks’ are a series of events where we interview barristers, solicitors and other legal professionals on their experiences of being neurodivergent. We ask our interviewees about their journey so far and get their advice on some of the issues faced by aspiring lawyers trying to enter the profession.

Our first Coffee Talk was held in October 2020 with Emma Bland –  Solicitor specialising in Private Client work. 

 

 

 

Neurodiversity in Law’s ‘Coffee Talks’ are a series of events where we interview barristers, solicitors and other legal professionals on their experiences of being neurodivergent. We ask our interviewees about their journey so far and get their advice on some of the issues faced by aspiring lawyers trying to enter the profession. 

Chloe Branton – Barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers, Social Mobility Advocate and Advisor to the Executive at Neurodiversity in Law hosted our second Coffee Talk in November 2020. 

Chloe spoke to Queenie Djan – Pupil Barrister at St Ives Chambers.

 

 

Neurodiversity in Law’s ‘Coffee Talks’ are a series of events where we interview barristers, solicitors and other legal professionals on their experiences of being neurodivergent. We ask our interviewees about their journey so far and get their advice on some of the issues faced by aspiring lawyers trying to enter the profession.

Thomas Hood, Chair of Neurodiversity in Law hosted our third Coffee Talk in November 2020. Tom spoke to Daryna Plysak – Trainee Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, and Alastair David – Attorney in the Cayman Islands. 

 

 

 

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