Leathes Prior’s ability to combine its legal expertise with its knowledge of horse ownership, competition and breeding, places us in the unique position of being able to come up with innovative ways to address the wide variety of often complex issues that can arise in the equine industry.

We understand the significant amount of time, effort and money that owners invest in their horses, whether in a business capacity or as a hobby and the consequent need to deal with any matter in a timely and cost effective manner. We are able to utilise our specialist Disputes Team to settle disputes, through mediation where possible with recourse to the courts as a last resort. Our lawyers are able to call upon their contacts in the equine industry so as to advise on the appropriate veterinary and/or equine expert to instruct where necessary. Our Equine Team works closely with our other specialist teams including Agriculture, Sports, Mediation, Employment, Personal Injury and Corporate & Commercial Team. By doing so we are able to advise on the following matters:

  • Buying and selling horses – sale and purchase agreements and disputes
  • Horse ownership (syndicates or partnerships)
  • Negligence claims – trainer, rider, livery yard owner or veterinary
  • Personal injury claims for equine-related accidents
  • Stud/nomination agreements and disputes
  • Livery agreements and disputes
  • Equine property sale and purchases
  • Equine business sale and purchases
  • Employment disputes
  • Health and Safety issues
  • Insurance claims
  • Debt recovery – whether arrears of livery fees or non-payment for a horse
  • Horse welfare
  • Rider disciplinary hearings before the relevant discipline’s governing body
  • Transportation – agreements, import and export and passport requirements