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May 12, 2022

In this episode of Lessons I Learned in Law Scott Brown speaks to Kaleem Khan. Kaleem is a Tax Associate at Travers Smith who advises on all tax aspects of private equity, M&A, corporate finance and banking transactions.

Kaleem has been registered as blind since childhood, and in this episode he discusses his experiences of being a disabled person working in law – from the firms that helped and supported him, to the roles where the accessibility adjustments made for him were somewhat inadequate.

Kaleem also shares the lessons he learned in law including:

  • Don’t compare yourself to people who might have more experience or credentials than you – everyone has to start somewhere!
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of mentors.
  • Be aware and have an understanding of those you work with who have a disability. Bear in mind that accessibility adjustments in the workplace don’t eradicate the challenges being disabled causes in doing a job.  Putting adjustments in place for a disabled colleague is not a magic trick through which a disabled person can suddenly be treated as though they have no disability – everyday brings challenges to day to day work regardless of how effective adjustments are. 

Kaleem is launching a blog which will be available very soon, called The Legally Blind Guy.

Presented by Scott Brown of Heriot Brown Legal Recruitment.

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