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Michael Smith started as a trainee with Ashurst and is now a solicitor on their real estate team. He spoke with Able Magazine about their inclusive approach to employment and how they’ve supported him as a visually impaired employee.
When you joined Ashurst was it immediately obvious that they’d support you as a disabled person?
It’s quite difficult to find a firm with a good bank of knowledge, when it comes to reasonable adjustments – and Ashurst is renowned in the sort of law that I was interested in, such as real estate and corporate projects. Ashurst
What are the challenges for a solicitor who is losing their sight?
Law is an industry where sensory impairments are not very common. Law is very client-focused so face-to-face meetings can be challenging to navigate – regardless of the huge advances in technology – but colleagues are always really helpful and you get to know your way around.
Why did Ashurst LLP join the Be the Difference Campaign?
Ashurst, in my eyes,
Before I joined there was a lot of discussion around how I would need to work, and the firm recruited an assistant for me who moves around with me so that I always work with someone who understands my particular requirements. Very early on in my
Based on your experience with Ashurst LLP, do you have any advice for disabled jobseekers?
Yes, I think the main one is confidence… As a disabled