UCL Grand Challenges


Autistic People’s Access to Justice: understanding experiences in the family court

A Small Grant awarded for Grand Challenge Human Wellbeing project in 2015

1 October 2015


Grant: Grand Challenges Small Grants
Year awarded: 2015-16
Amount awarded: £2,500


  • Rob George, Faculty of Laws
  • Anna Remington, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Brain Sciences

Dr Rob George and colleagues from the UCL Centre for Research in Autism and Education conducted exploratory mixed-methods studies into the experiences of autistic adults, and their lawyers, in family law proceedings. This has yielded recommendations for lawyers and the Family Court to promote access to justice for autistic people, disseminated through articles and events 2017–2020.

Based on their research, together with focus groups with practitioners and the autistic community, the research team are now developing a series of factsheets for lawyers, judges, and non-legal employees (ushers, security, reception staff) to allow them to better serve autistic court and law firm users.