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Equine disputes

We understand that whether horses are your business or hobby, they are undoubtedly a potential minefield of risks. That’s where we can help.

Whether horses are your business or hobby, they are undoubtedly a potential minefield of risks.

Equine insurance can, of course, limit the risks, but there are certain things that simply cannot be insured against. The areas not covered on equine insurance include disputes on a sale or purchase contract, unpaid livery bills and co-ownership disputes.

Unlike other businesses, an equine business can often be conducted with nothing more than the strength of a handshake.  In a consumer-driven society, however, this informal approach has given rise to an increasing number of legal disputes.

If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a dispute regarding the sale or purchase of a horse or if you feel you have suffered negligence on the part of a vet, our equine law team will resolve your dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Contact our team of specialist equine lawyers for a no-obligation discussion.

We can help with:

  • Veterinary negligence – where a vet has failed to notice a significant issue with a horse or has incorrectly certified it to be fit for the intended purpose
  • Contract disputes – e.g. Sale and purchase of a horse
  • Faulty equestrian equipment
  • Livery yard disputes
  • Animals Act 1971 – e.g. damage to a third party or a third party’s property caused by your horse
  • Other commercial disputes

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Caroline Bowler and her team acted on my behalf after the purchase of a showjumping horse that was not fit for purpose. The case became more complex after the seller declined to pay what was owed. Thankfully, Caroline has an impeccable eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned, strategically overcoming any hurdle that arose. Throughout, the whole litigation process I received top quality advice and professionalism. If you want to maximise your chance of legal success I highly recommend contacting Actons.
Hayley Marshall
"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

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