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Disability inclusion in the legal sector – Are you in?

One in five people in the UK have a disability, yet disabled people are significantly underrepresented and underreported in the legal sector. Lawyers and business professionals are starting to become more confident in declaring, but there's still a long way to go. It's clear that cross-sector collaboration is required to progress best practice in the industry.

Join Clifford Chance's affinity network Enable UK, and our special guest speakers, as we examine disability inclusion and its role in the UK legal sector. Experts will share their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges faced by disabled and neurodivergent people and their employers. 

Venue: Clifford Chance, 10 Upper Bank St, London E14 5JJ, United Kingdom
Time: 12:00 - 17:00 GMT


  • 12:00 Arrival
  • 12:30 Opening
    Tiernan Brady, Global Director of Inclusion, Clifford Chance
  • 12:45 Panel 1 - The impact of in-house GCs on disability data in the legal sector
    Moderator: Alistair Woodland, Partner, Clifford Chance
    Panellists: Sarah Griffin (Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Global Legal Function, HSBC), Tanya Etheridge (VP Corporate Counsel, PGIM Real Estate) and Chris Seel (Diversity and Inclusion Adviser at the Law Society)
  • 13:45 Coffee break
  • 14:00 Panel 2 - The role of employee networks in the permanent inclusion campaign
    Moderator: Kalela Mwenya, Expatriate & Employment Taxes Senior Manager and co-chair of UK Inclusion Committee, Clifford Chance
    Panellists: Alanna Lee (Managing Director, Morgan Stanley), Giles Barker (Workspace Disability Lead, Channel 4 and PurpleSpace ambassador), Harris Stevenson-Robb (Vice President, Asset & Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs Asset Management) 
  • 15:00 Coffee break and time for further arrivals
  • 15:30 Workshop - Investing in disabled and neurodivergent talent in the legal sector
    Moderator: Nina Goswami, Head of UK Inclusion, Clifford Chance
    Panellists: Chris Fawcett (UK Inclusion Manager, Clifford Chance), Stephen Richards (Partner, Stephenson Harwood), Reena Parmar (Counsel, Freshfields and Chair of the Law Society's Disabled Solicitors Network), Chris Seel (Diversity and Inclusion Adviser at the Law Society) and Yewande Akeju (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Linklaters)
  • 17:00 Drinks reception and nibbles to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities


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