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Barrister in discrimination and equality and employment. On the day before the millennium John Horan had a stroke – it changed his life and made him a better 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. He also has a particular interest in other kinds of anti-discrimination work and employment law generally. He is a passionate supporter of direct access working, helping claimants understand the options open to them and, most often, doing this work for free. His views have led to him being interviewed by the BBC’s Ouch and being the subject of stories by ‘Guardian’ and ‘The Times’. He champions the rights of the disability community and was awarded the Bar Council’s ‘Pro Bono Lawyer for the Year’ in 2003. The European Commission asks him to host a work forum on the complaisance with the UN Conversation of Rights of People with Disabilities. John appears frequently for law centres, the FRU, ELAAS, Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Disability Law Association, as well as well-known solicitors firms. Cases include: Ganga v Bishop of Chelmsford (2015) Williamson v (1) Chief Constable Of Greater Manchester (2) Greater Manchester Police Authority (2010); G Saunders v Birmingham City Council (2008); Caroline Elizabeth Bone v Newham London Borough Council (2008); Hampton v Lord Chancellor (2008); Hart v Chief Constable Of Derbyshire (2007); Hackney London Borough Council & Ors v S Sagnia (2005); Robert Ross v (1) Ryanair Ltd (2) Stansted Airport Ltd (2004).


Called 1993; admitted to Commonwealth Bar (Trinidad and Tobago) 2005. John contributes regularly to the national and professional press, as well as to Disability Now. He has been asked to speak to the European Commission, House of Commons and House of Lords. He lectures on discrimination law and human rights to European and UK Government and law centres.




Bar Council’s “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” Award in 2003; trustee, Disability Law Association; trustee, Different Strokes; The Employment Legal Advice Service; ELBA; Discrimination Law Association Free Representation Unit.


Cambridge (BA Hons Philosophy).