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Deaf Lawyers UK has been in existence since 2004. We hope to increase our numbers as more Deaf individuals enter the profession.

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Now viewing 1 through 10 of 16 Current Members found.
  • Rob Wilks
    Deaf, Rob is Director of Legal Services at the Royal Association for Deaf People where he has worked in various roles since 2003. He qualified as a solicitor in 2007. His specialist area is employment and discrimination law. Rob obtained a BA in History at the University of Wales, Swansea, and having decided to pursue a career in Law, he completed the CPE at UWE, and the LPC at Cardiff Law School. Rob also has an LLM in Law of Employment Relations from the University of Leicester, and is currently studying a Certificate in Company Direction with the Institute of Directors. Rob has been involved with the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (now the Lawyers with Disabilities Division), and has previously been its past Chairman, and was part of the European Union for the Deaf's Deaf Lawyer Working Party between 2011 and 2013.
  • Richard Dunford
    Deaf, Richard passed his Solicitors Finals and Articles a while ago. Since he has worked as an employed solicitor for 18 years, at the London Borough of Newham, to the level of Acting Principal Solicitor for the borough. More recently, he was the Head of Procurement and Contract at the London Development Agency until he took early retirement in 2011. Outside his work, he is a trustee of Sign Health and is on the Management Committee of RAD Deaf Law Centre. Richard has been involved with the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (now the Lawyers with Disabilities Division) since its inception, and has previously been its past Chairman.
  • Laura Eadsforth
    Deaf, Laura is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire with a BA (Hons) degree in Deaf Studies and Sociology, and completed a MA in Television Studies with the University of Wales Aberystwyth in July 2009. Laura has worked for RAD Deaf Law Centre since June 2005. She is a specialist caseworker in the areas of welfare benefits, employment, debt and housing, and has a particular interest in family law. Laura has embarked on the second year of a ILEX Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, with the aim of becoming a Legal Executive.
  • Paul Lennon
    Deaf, Paul originates from Wrexham, North Wales. He went to Derby College for the Deaf where he studied to be a chef. After acheiving his goal of becoming a head chef he has found a new direction in which to take his career forward. Originally starting as a volunteer caseworker at the Royal Association for Deaf people, Paul went on to become a Legal Caseworker. He is currently a Deaf Achieve Project Co-ordinator for RAD, and has just completed the second year of Open University's LLB programme. Paul aims to become a solicitor.
  • Tom Conlon-Perry
    Coming soon.
  • Imogen Manuel
    Deaf, Imogen graduated with Joint Honours in Law and Criminology at Lancaster University in 2011. Currently taking a gap year travelling around South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Imogen plans to start her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Bristol in September 2012 which she will be doing part-time as she hopes to find work as a full-time paralegal until she finishes her studies. Imogen is passionate about family law and criminal law, and hopes to specialise in one of these areas. Her overall goal would be to make all people aware that deafness is not a barrier and to become a role model for those who feel that they are living in 'a hearing world' that they are not part of.
  • Siobhan Charnay
    Deaf, Siobhan is currently in her final year of LLB at the University of Wolverhampton, which she is thoroughly enjoying. With an active involvement in the Deaf community, her career aim is to bridge the difficult gap that Deaf/HoH individuals have trying to get legal advice. Siobhan is passionate and determined to ensure that there is equal services for the Deaf/HoH. She is due to start her Legal Practice Course at the University of Wolverhampton in September 2012.
  • Myles Nesbitt
    Deaf, Myles is a Solicitor, and did his BA (Hons) at Sheffield Polyversity, before doing the conversion course at Bournemouth University, and Finals at the College of Law, York. Myles did his training contract with Leeds City Council before doing stints with various local authorities. He took some time out doing personal projects and travelling before doing voluntary work with RAD Deaf Law Centre. Myles is quietly determined that Deaf people be enabled access to the legal system, their rights and remedies. Myles has worked for RAD Deaf Law Centre since April 2012. His specialist areas are family and matrimonial, along with discrimination and business start ups.
  • David McKnight
    Deaf, David has been profoundly hard of hearing since he was 12 years old following a football accident. He re-entered the world of education in 2004 as a mature student, gaining GCSEs and an A Level before going on to the University of Kent to study law. He graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 and went on to the College of Law in Guildford to study the LPC. He is now searching for a training contract or paralegal position.
  • Maria Oxland
    Deaf, Maria is a partially deaf student, having recently completed her GDL at the University of Hertfordshire. Her first degree was in Economics and Politics at Cambridge over 20 years ago, and she spent the last 15 years raising two lovely children and working in a number of fields, including teaching (adults and children), and working for deaf charities (such as the RNID). She is due to commence the LPC at the College of Law in Guildford in September 2012.