Brian Horkan


Brian is a partner in our Litigation Department with extensive experience advising clients in complex constitutional and administrative law matters. He is an expert in health care law with specialities in child protection, adoption, mental health, and wardship.

Brian also leads the MH&C regulatory criminal prosecution team advising and acting in food hygiene, tobacco, environmental and other regulatory prosecutions. He has also assisted regulators in the development of prosecution procedures and policies.

He has advised on public and private inquiries, consent to treatment, confidentiality, freedom of information and data protection.


  • Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Investigations/Inquiries
  • Judicial Review
  • Healthcare Law
  • Administrative Law

Representative Matters

  • Advised the Child and Family Agency in Supreme Court proceedings examining application of Habeas Corpus in Child Care proceedings
  • Led MHC regulatory prosecution team advising and acting in food hygiene, tobacco, environmental and other regulatory criminal prosecutions
  • Advised and represented Public Sector client in series of complex advisory and litigation matters on the interpretation and application of European Regulations in relation to parental responsibility

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Law Lectures in Trinity School of Social Work and Social Policy Undergraduate and Master Courses
  • Lectures on Law Society Diplomas in Mental Health and Child Law 
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise

Healthcare Law Public & Administrative Law Dispute Resolution

Professional Memberships

Member of the Law Society and Dublin Solicitors Bar Association

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Admitted as a Solicitor to the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Member of Law Society Technology Committee


BCL (International) UCD & Melbourne University

Diploma in Human Rights UCD

Diploma in Arbitration UCD

CEDR Accredited Mediator