John Horan


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On the day before the millennium John Horan had a stroke – it changed his life and made him a passionate discrimination lawyer. His extensive experience in battling for the rights of disabled people has led to expertise in employment, goods and services, education and public authorities.

John was the first barrister to receive guidance from the Employment Appeal Tribunal about disabled people’s rights before any court or tribunal. In 2016 John was listed by Power 100 as one of Britain’s most influential people with a disability. In 2015 John hosted the European Commission’s Monitoring Conference in Brussels on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the Courts.

John successfully challenged the state honour system in Trinidad for fostering differences and not being in compliance with international law. He also successfully challenged the terms offered to part-time high court judges as discriminatory at Croydon Employment Tribunal.

His views have led to him being regularly interviewed by BBC’s Ouch! and the national media and press. He champions the rights of the disability community and was awarded Bar Council “Pro Bono Lawyer for the Year” in 2003.

“I’m part barrister part fire starter.”

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