Equine Law

Equine Law

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The equestrian world has grown very fast over the last ten years!

Horse riding has been taken up as a leisure activity by many people with no horsey background at all, while at the other end of the sport, affiliated memberships have increased. Our international teams enjoy continuing success and British sports horse breeders are slowly but surely catching up with the continent.

At the same time, horse owners and especially equestrian businesses are facing a heavier burden of regulation and legislation than ever before. Claims under the Consumer Rights Act/Sale of Goods Act and the Animals Act are numerous. The horse world has its own language and customs and disputes calls for a proper understanding of them. It demands specialist equine lawyers who can apply the law realistically and sensibly to equestrian issues and have a real grasp on the problems of the equestrian community.

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Tozers has a dynamic equestrian team of riders and horse owners and our lead partner is Jill Headford who is a passionate horsewoman who competes her horses and hunts with the South Devon Hunt. Jill blogs on law and horses and is a regular contributor of articles in the equine press and a member of the Equine and Animal Lawyers Association. She is supported by litigation lawyer Jenny Lloyd who competes at dressage.  Tozers are delighted to be regular sponsors of show jumping and point to points.

We Advise On:

  • buying, selling and loaning horses
  • employment of grooms
  • health and safety
  • horse insurance
  • intellectual property
  • liability under the Animals Act 1971
  • livery and grazing agreements etc.
  • horseboxes and trailers
  • passports
  • injuries and accidents
  • planning permission
  • horses and land
  • hire of facilities
  • veterinary negligence

What clients say

I cannot thank you enough Jill for your guidance and advice on this all along. You maintained the senior presence among the solicitors and other professionals involved to ensure that this case unfolded as specified by sound legal practices.

Jerry Ellis, Gerald Ellis & Associates, LLC

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