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DLA Conference 2019: "Disability and Society - the Law and the Lived Experience" - Friday 4th October - BUY THE CONFERENCE PACK

Date published: 
17 September 2019

DLA 2019 Conference


Disability and Society - the Law and the lived Experience

Buy Conference pack (slides and handouts) here

"Disability and Society - the Law and the Lived Experience"


The DLA held its annual Conference entitled "Disability and Society - the Law and the Lived Experience" on Friday 4th October at the London offices of Allen & Overy.


This year’s conference drew upon the experience of practitioners, academics and grassroots activists in addressing the challenges faced by disabled members of society. We were much heartened by the large turnout and very positive feedback.  There was a great atmosphere in the hall and breakout rooms and our fantastic speakers provided much food for thought (and twitter).


We were particularly pleased to provide a cross-disciplinary programme addressing disability discrimination across a broad spectrum of practice areas, in the context of employment, education, goods and services, welfare rights and the criminal justice system. The conference also considered the impact of social, political and economic factors on discrimination, protection in the law and enforcement in the Courts and Tribunals, including but not limited to issues of structural inequality, barriers to access to justice and the representation gap


Our keynote speakers earned some fantastic plaudits: Roddy Slorach, author and frontline activist (“inspiring to listen to someone so passionate”), Neil Crowther, independent equality and human rights consultant (“very interesting and thoughtful perspectives”), Doug Paulley, disability rights campaigner and activist (“awesome speaker”) and Robin Allen QC / Catherine Casserley, both of Cloisters Chambers (“really helpful paper and discussions”).


As in previous years, during the afternoon participants will be able to choose topics they wish to explore in greater depth during breakout sessions, led by experienced practitioners with specialist expertise.  This will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic of “The problem with access to justice”.


We are extremely grateful to everyone who found time to attend the Conference and help make it such a success and in particular, of course, to all our wonderful speakers.  And very special thanks to our very generous hosts, Allen & Overy, for making it all possible.


If you were unable to attend the Conference but would like to see the slides and handouts, you can buy them by clicking here.




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If you have any queries, please email


The Discrimination Law Association is very grateful

to Allen & Overy for their generous support