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Accessibility

Accessibility Statement for Lawbore Link Directory

Site introduction

This accessibility statement applies to the website "Lawbore Link Directory" under the domain lawbore.net. It belongs to the family of websites run by Lawbore at the City Law School, City, University of London. There are several websites in this family, namely: Lawbore Directory, Lawbore City Hub, Lawbore Future Lawyer, TLDR Gallery, Lawbore Events Calendar, and Learnmore. We have written the accessibility statements individually for each one as they are based on a variety of technologies and are of differing ages and complexities.

Overview of accessibility goals

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. Our aim is for students with disabilities to be able to access and easily use all information and functionality on the site that is useful for their studies. For example, this means you should be able to:

  • navigate through the site using ARIA landmarks and semantic headings
  • zoom both text-size and whole screen 200% without the text overlapping or spilling over
  • navigate the website in a sensible order using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to the website using a screen-reader
  • override some basic text styling on the page body to improve readability
  • receive intelligent screen-reader feedback and labels on most visually interactive components

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We have made many adjustments to this site so that the essential functionality is available to users with assistive technologies. This includes making the site workable with keyboard only, readable with a screen-reader, and allowing styles to be added to the page body to override most default text rendering.

We believe after testing that the site meets all the required accessibility standards. If you encounter any issues, please contact us with details so we can address them.

How we tested this website for accessibility

We have undertaken an in-house assessment of accessibility of each of the Lawbore family of websites. This was conducted by the original website developer in consultation with the staff responsible for the concepts and content.

We believe we have done a thorough assessment in identifying problem areas. We used several different testing modalities and tools, including Apple Voiceover, Chromevox and NVDA screenreaders, Apple, Windows and Linux operating systems, and AXE and WAVE automated testers. We also undertook many hours of manual testing. As a result of this we have been able to address or suggest workarounds for almost all accessibility issues. Additionally, a few areas were exempt from testing or adaptation because they fell outside of the scope of the accessibility regulations.

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need are experiencing difficulties accessing the information on this website and need it in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact Emily Allbon, Associate Law Professor at:

  • Email (preferred): e.allbon@city.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 3075
  • Twitter: @lawbore

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 3-5 working days.

In the footer of this site you'll also find the full contact details of the Law School which is responsible this site. You may also contact us in person or by telephone there.

Invitation for feedback

We remain committed to improving the accessibility of these sites wherever any shortfalls are made known to us. We invite both informal and formal feedback from any user experiencing accessibility problems and we welcome a dialogue with anyone affected.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact Emily Allbon at:

  • Email (preferred): e.allbon@city.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 3075
  • Twitter: @lawbore

We have the capability to respond quickly to any technical issues that fall under maintenance agreements with the website developer. If we are unable to immediately solve a technical accessibility issue we will endeavour to provide you with an accessible alternative version of the same information, if applicable.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The City Law School is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance Status

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

A few of our older PDFs do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value).

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

This website is fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

What we’ve done already to improve accessibility

  • We've already done much ARIA labelling of items, widgets and landmarks, and will continue to add to these.
  • In response to accessibility concerns we have simplified or removed the Javascript-based interactive behaviour of some user-interface elements.
  • We have redesigned the visuals of this site to improve visual contrast for the partially sighted.
  • We have redesigned the layout of this site so that it is freely scalable to different font-size and zoom levels without causing issues.
  • We have moved this website from a fixed-width layout to a flexible, responsive one, which can adapt to a variety of screen sizes.
  • We've added in some basic hidden "skip ahead" links.

What we will do in the near future to improve accessibility

  • We are looking for ways to further improve the accessibility of this site and welcome your suggestions and feedback.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was originally prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last revised or updated on 18 February 2021.

This website was last tested on 18 February 2021. The test was carried out in-house in co-operation with the original website developer.

The number, size, age and technical variety of the Lawbore family of websites – six large sites containing many hundreds of pages in total, and developed incrementally over a period of 17 years – meant that outsourcing a full assessment of all sites to a specialist service would have been financially prohibitive. Within the budget limitations for these websites we have combined a detailed in-house testing regimen for the all the commonly-used areas with a limited testing regimen for the infrequently used or supplemental areas, in line with government recommendations.

Where many pages were similar and based on the same web template, we tested only two or three examples of them.

Site information and credits

Lawbore Events Calendar collects together legal events of particular interest to undergraduate law students in the UK. If you would like your event to be included in our listings, please contact us.

Accessibility

These pages are easily navigable using the ARIA landmarks and the headings.

Our accessibility statement for this website.

The City Law School is one of London’s major law schools, offering a range of academic and professional courses, and is situated in the very heart of legal London.

To find out how you can become a student here too, check out the City Law School website.

Lawbore is the creation of Emily Allbon, Associate Professor in Law at City Law School.

If you have any feedback on the site or would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you.

For technical issues on the site, please contact the web developer, Howard Richardson, instead.

Emily Allbon
Associate Professor in Law
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom