Neurodivergence Webinar Series: Part 6 - Neurodivergent Lawyers

Tuesday 16 April 2024, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Online

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to host the sixth webinar in our series exploring neurodivergence in the justice system.

Date: Tuesday 16 April 2024
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free

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At this webinar, neurodivergent people working in the legal sector will discuss their own experiences and the challenges they have faced in their careers. From a range of different perspectives, they will talk about the benefits that neurodivergent people can bring to legal sector workplaces and what legal sector employers can do to embrace neurodiversity and to make workplaces more accessible. Conversely, they will take an honest look at how ableism in the legal system can affect neurodivergent solicitors, barristers and legal support workers, and the barriers that neurodivergent people face in the sector. 

Speaker Panel

 

Michael Turner KC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Michael Turner KC has been described by his peers "as a barrister who can secure a result no others could". He has a reputation for extreme hard work, extraordinary commitment to a case and for his inventiveness and tenacity. He is a hugely experienced trial and appellate advocate. In addition to pursuing his own first instance cases to appeal he is sought after on referrals from the Criminal Cases Review Commission. 

Michael specialises in complex and difficult criminal cases ranging from multi-million pound fraud to multiple murder. His ability to master intricate and diffuse scientific expertise has been amply demonstrated in his success in a number of recent cases of alleged "baby shaking". He has appeared in the English and Northern Irish Court of Appeal in some of their biggest cases both as a silk and a junior. He has been brought into in civil cases where difficult and robust cross-examination has been required.

Paul Powlesland, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Paul is passionate about protecting and representing the natural world and all who seek to defend it. He specialises in upholding the rights of environmental activists to protest and protect the natural world, and uses environmental law and regulations to defend trees, rivers and wildlife. Paul is also driven to achieve justice for those who need it most in all areas of his practice.

He uses his cross-examination skills in the employment tribunal to uphold the rights of employees and trade unions. Paul is public access qualified and therefore able to take instructions directly from members of the public who need assistance with the law most.

David Neale, Legal Researcher, Garden Court Chambers
David assists members of Chambers by carrying out expert legal research in all areas of law. David’s primary expertise is in immigration, asylum and nationality law. David also works closely with Breaking the Chains, a joint project of Shpresa and the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) at Islington Law Centre, to improve outcomes for asylum-seeking Albanian young people.

David, who has a diagnosis of autism himself, has a particular interest in the intersection of disability and asylum law. With the Helen Bamber Foundation, he co-authored ‘Bridging a Protection Gap: Disability and the Refugee Convention’ in 2021. For many years, he has advocated for greater judicial recognition of the impact of disability on the asylum process. David jointly won Legal Aid Support Staffer of the Year at the LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2022.

Mark Hylands, DPG solicitors
Mark Hylands is a solicitor with civil higher rights of audience at DPG solicitors. Mark practises public law and human rights litigation, with a current focus on human rights abuses within the UK’s immigration detention estate. In this context, he regularly acts for vulnerable people to secure their release from immigration detention and compensation for their unlawful treatment by the Home Office. He has also been involved in several significant strategic judicial review claims challenging the Government’s unlawful policies and multiple public inquiries – most recently, he represented four NGOs and five formerly detained individuals in the Brook House Inquiry.

Mark is particularly committed to improving awareness around and challenging the effects of intersectional discrimination and inequality. In addition to this informing his approach to casework, he works collaboratively with NGOs and community organisations seeking to challenge systemic and structural injustice to bring about positive change.

Neurodivergence in the Justice System

Our webinar series 'Neurodivergence in the Justice System', covers a range of practice areas, recounting the experiences and examining the challenges faced by neurodivergent people involved in the justice system in England and Wales, whether as witnesses, defendants, lawyers or otherwise. These webinars bring together experts from legal practice, academia, policy and other professionals to consider the flaws in the current system, identify instances of best practice and propound changes that could be made to improve access to justice, equality and diversity in the courts. Our previous webinars in the series are available here.

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To book your place on this webinar, please use the booking form below. If you have any queries, please contact the Garden Court Chambers events team at webinars@gclaw.co.uk.

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