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Caroline Bowler

Director & Solicitor - Head of Litigation

Caroline is a Director and has a passion for equine law. She also deals with professional negligence claims and property disputes, with experience in resolving disputes through both mediation and traditional court proceedings.


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Equine Law

Caroline advises on a broad range of matters relating to equine law, including horse co-ownership issues relating to expensive competition horses and sale and purchase disputes.  She has been described as “one of the best equine lawyers” in The Legal 500.  To find out more about Caroline’s equine background click here.

Property Disputes

Caroline also handles a large number of property disputes, including adverse possession,  rights of way, and boundary disputes.  She worked on a landmark case in the High Court involving the interpretation of an agricultural right of way.  She has also been recognised in The Legal 500 for her “expertise in property litigation”.

Professional Negligence Claims

Caroline advises on complex high-value professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants and other professionals.  Her negligence work also includes claims against the veterinary profession.

Commercial Litigation

Caroline is regularly instructed in commercial litigation matters including contractual disputes and disputes arising in the context of the financial services sector.  She has in recent years been instructed on several high profile matters relating to peer to peer lending. Her commercial work also encompasses partnership disputes.


Caroline completed her legal training with Actons and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. She became a Director at Actons in August 2017 and heads up our Litigation Team.

"Newly promoted partner Caroline Bowler specialises in equine law, professional negligence and property disputes... Key support comes from associates Rosalind Keen, Annabel Whittaker and Daniel Harley."
The Legal 500 2018 (Commercial Litigation (Notts & Derby))
"I am pleased to recommend Caroline Bowler to assist you with resolving a dispute or other legal matter. Caroline recently assisted our Foundation with the successful settlement of an equine purchase dispute. Our situation was complicated by a number of factors including our location in the USA and the transaction venue in England. Caroline was thoroughly professional in every regard. Most valuable to me was her deep knowledge of the equine industry and ability to translate the differences in approach taken in legal proceedings in England versus the US. I was confident that her advice was always in my best interest while seeking a successful outcome. Caroline is a realistic and talented advocate in which you can place your confidence."
Robert H. Fish, Trustee – Blossom Creek Foundation
Caroline Bowler is 'one of the best equine lawyers', and also has expertise in professional negligence and property litigation.
The Legal 500 2013
"Thank you all for the professional help that you have given me and my family over many years."
Judith Smart
Actons represents a number of family-owned businesses and other private companies in partnership, director and shareholder disputes. The 'extremely experienced' Caroline Bowler has a notably strong track record in equine disputes and is also active in professional negligence cases and general commercial litigation. Associate Gordon Monaghan, who joined the practice in November 2019 from Bray & Bray, has expertise in breaches of contract, restrictive covenants and company law disputes.
The Legal 500 2021: Commercial Litigation – Nottingham & Derby

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