Presenting & Workshops
Daniel Holt, LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Human Rights Law)
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I am an aspiring barrister and I have particular interests in discrimination, disability law, LGBTQ rights, mental health law, administrative law and UK, supranational and international human rights law, sharing media to distress, access to justice and the European Union. I actively support maintaining and the progression equality and human rights law.
I have wanted a career at the bar since the age of 14 after deciding that being a police officer may not be viable for a wheelchair user. I have been on a journey since then, towards fulfilling this childhood dream, which was built upon a strong desire to help others achieve justice. The road to completing a qualifying LL.B Law degree and a master's degree in Human Rights Law was not an easy one given that I had to manage disabilities and the academic and physical demands of study on top of the discrimination and ignorance I face daily. I was also told on many occasions that I would not succeed in building a legal career because of my disabilities and special needs education. I now enjoy a successful career having been accepted in the best colleges in the North-West, attained strong grades and the Student of the Year for each year I was a college and had a good university experience. I undertook several campaigns to improve equality, diversity and accessibility at Queen Mary University of London, where I got my degrees. One led to an equality and diversity policy being enacted. Another was awarded as ‘Campaign of the Year 2013’ after leading to £400k being dedicated to improving accessibility on campus. I have also led teams that have published guidance on discrimination rights.
I enjoy working with non-governmental organisations for similar reasons. NGOs campaign on important issues whether it be animal rights, human rights, environmental protection, access to justice and so on. Working for NGOs provides the opportunity to push legislative reform so that the law can be changed to give added protection to people. I currently work with Disability Rights UK as trustee and Chair of the Income Generation Committee. I am, therefore, responsible for the charities survival, success and general direction along with ensuring that the charity utilises its income generation opportunities. Disability Rights UK's key decisions are made through its members who elect the Board of Trustees and by our Senior Management Team. We work with our members to influence national policy on independent living, benefits, education, employment, transport, human rights and other issues and shape such policies through direct experience and expertise. We also work with our local individual and organisation members to empower and to influence local policy and services. I'm also responsible for policy, procedures and youth groups as part of my trusteeship with Regard. I write and maintain the charity's policies and liaise with youth groups to provide knowledge, support and expertise. Regard is a national organisation of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer people ("LGBTQ") who self-identify as disabled. We aim to provide information, advice and support to LGBTQ disabled people, raise awareness and campaign on issues affecting disabled LGBTQ people and to combat social isolation among LGBTQ disabled people. I also volunteer on Stonewall's Information Service, which provides sources of information to the LGBTQ community. I, too, lend my services to Alzheimer's Research UK on occasion.
I also founded and direct Being Disabled in a Normal Society ("BDNS"), which was set up as a blog discussing the issues faced by disabled people. It was expanded into a full website explaining disability rights and providing information regarding accessible venues, social events, sporting activities and holiday venues. In the near future, it will become a registered company that will allow BDNS to apply for funding to support our projects.
I also model and have had opportunities with international companies such as Invacare and national organisations like the National Union of Students. I also provide proofreading, workshop facilitating and editing services.