The Society of Visually Impaired Lawyers

Who are we?

The Society of Visually Impaired Lawyers (SOVIL) was founded to create a group in which those with a visual impairment working in the legal profession could exchange ideas, share information, campaign on causes of mutual interest and provide an opportunity for support and networking between fellow professionals.

SOVIL has members from all parts of the profession, including solicitors and barristers in private practice, those working in local and central government, academics and law students. Details of those eligible to join are set out in the constitution (available electronically from a link at the top of this page).

SOVIL provides support and encouragement to new entrants to the profession as well as providing information and resources for established lawyers. We work to ensure that the RNIB maintains a library of Braille and recorded titles of law textbooks and important statutes and other relevant organisations which provide information in accessible formats. We have a mailing list which all members are encouraged to join. The purpose of which is to provide a forum for sharing ideas, professional concerns and information about resources. Non-members may join the list.

To join the email group, send a blank email to soviluk-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk. You will receive an automated response. Follow the instructions in the email that you receive to confirm joining the list. Instructions to unsubscribe from the list appear at the bottom of each email posted to the list.

SOVIL is run by a committee that meets regularly in addition to our AGM. Members of the committee involve themselves in projects of interest to the members.

What We Do For Our Members!

If you are visually impaired and embarking on a legal career or are already established as a legal practitioner, please consider joining SOVIL by completing the application form available as a word document from a link at the top of this page.