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Cloisters' John Horan on panel for Oxford Disability Moot 2018

Celebrating the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage: What more needs to be done to improve the enfranchisement and representation of disabled people in British Politics and the Legal Profession? Organised by the Oxford Law Faculty 5pm, Saturday 10th November 2018 John Horan will sit on the panel along with Jane Burton; Debbie Foster; Damian Haywood ...
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Celebrating the newest edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book

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Cloisters’ John Horan celebrates the new edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book (ETBB), published last February, which provides genuine advice and a sure-fire method of taking seriously the reasonable adjustments that disabled people require for the litigation process. This comes at a time when, in particular, employment tribunals have shown the...
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Disability in the Legal Professions

Tuesday 27 February, 6.30pm, 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane London Diversity in the legal professions is often discussed and debated. The deliberations of race, gender and social class equality, however, often omit disability. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the steps needed to ensure that disabled people can acces...
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Are Courts taking reasonable adjustments seriously?

Are Courts taking reasonable adjustments seriously?
John Horan is lecturing the Law Centre Network on 31 March 2017 as to whether Courts are taking seriously their international duty to help disabled litigants in accessing the justice system by making reasonable adjustments. As part of the “Living Right Project” John will compare the attitude of the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland to the approac...
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Same-sex marriage within the Church of England

Same-sex marriage within the Church of England
Nathan Roberts considers Pemberton v Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham , concerning a priest who was denied a licence to work in the NHS by the Church of England because he had married someone of the same sex. The case The Church of England’s opposition to same-sex marriage is a well-known if fraught matter. The Claimant is an ordained priest in t...
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John Horan speaks on the UNCRPD and concrete expectations of disabled people in Barcelona

John Horan speaks on the UNCRPD and concrete expectations of disabled people in Barcelona
John Horan gave a speech entitled “Tools for Transforming Guardianship: Article 12 UNCRPD and Catalan Law” at an all-day conference on 10 th November 2016. This was to form part of the conference “Rights and Supports: Transforming the Guardianship” conference which is being hosted by Som Fundacio, a Barcelonan-based charity. A transcript of what he...
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John Horan lectures Judges, legal practitioners and international human rights members on disabled people and the duties of Judges since Galo

John Horan lectures Judges, legal practitioners and international human rights members on disabled people and the duties of Judges since Galo
John Horan has been asked by the Northern Irish Bar and the Northern Irish Law Centre to lecture on disabled people and the duties of Judges since the two historic cases of Rackham v NHS Professionals Limited and Galo v Bombardier Aerospace UK . On the 19th October 2016 he will lecture the Employment Group of N.I. Bar about the implications to the ...
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John Horan lectures as Foreign Expert in Polish Disability Forum Conferences

John Horan lectures as Foreign Expert in Polish Disability Forum Conferences
John Horan has been asked by the Polish Disability Forum to lecture on the UNCRPD and disabled people’s right in Wroclaw (29 th September), Warsaw (6 th October) and Poznan (7 th October).  A transcript of the lecture will be made available on this website once it has been published.

A part of inclusion? Disabled people and the right to a fair hearing

A part of inclusion? Disabled people and the right to a fair hearing
John Horan considers two recent cases that highlighted particular difficulties that disabled people face in obtaining a fair hearing before the courts.  Both cases ( Rackham v NHS Professionals Ltd and  Galo v Bombardier Aerospace UK )   provide a common-sense framework of considerations which a court or tribunal must bear in mi...
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Reasonable adjustments: exercising the right to be heard

Reasonable adjustments: exercising the right to be heard
John Horan considers a decision concerning the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Equal treatment bench book, and the lessons that can be learned from it by the lawyers of disabled people seeking to use tribunals and courts in this country. In Rackham v NHS Professionals Limited UKEAT/0110/15 , 16 December ...
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Access to Justice: the EAT considers how courts can provide reasonable adjustments for disabled people

Access to Justice: the EAT considers how courts can provide reasonable adjustments for disabled people
In Rackham v NHS Professionals Ltd Langstaff P (as he then was), in the EAT, has given judgment on the existence and nature of the duty on tribunals and courts to make reasonable adjustments for disabled litigants. Rackham v NHS Professionals Ltd [2015] UKEAT/0110/15: the issues The Claimant brought a case of disability discrimination and unfair di...
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How disabled people can get a fair hearing from the law courts

How disabled people can get a fair hearing from the law courts
John Horan and Nathan Roberts persuaded the President of the EAT, Langstaff P (as he then was), in the case of JW Rackham v NHS Professionals Ltd [2015] UKEAT to issue guidance for disabled people including a recommendation as to the Equal Treatment Bench Book’s ground rules hearing. The ground rules hearing has never been judiciously considered be...
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John Horan named in Power 100 list celebrating Britain’s most influential people with a disability

John Horan named in Power 100 list celebrating Britain’s most influential people with a disability
Cloisters’ congratulates John Horan in featuring in Power 100 (for 2016) list of Britain’s most influential people with a disability. The list, which contains leading figures from across business, sport, the arts and a range of other professions, was announced today to mark UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For more information and...
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Why the Government is failing disabled people on access to legal justice

Why the Government is failing disabled people on access to legal justice
Cloisters’ barrister John Horan discusses why the Government and the courts need to properly apply the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities so that effective measures are put in place to facilitate correct access to justice for disabled people. Currently many disabled people feel that actual access to legal justice and equal rec...
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