Equine law

Over one million horses registered in the UK, four million people taking to the saddle each year, an employment figure of over 250,000 and an economic contribution of £7bn per annum combine to make the equine industry a significant commercial opportunity. Yet red tape can be hard to spot, anticipate and resolve.

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Our equine team delivers a complete legal service, ranging from ownership disputes over ponies to multi-million pound real estate transactions and developments. We act for equine businesses, owners, breeders, insurers, equine charities, racing managers, competitive organisations and bodies as well as trade associations.

Our expertise includes contractual disputes (including horse ownership disputes and issues surrounding sale and purchase of horses), professional negligence claims (acting for both claimants and defendants), probate disputes (relating to situations where a horse has been left as a gift in the deceased’s will), regulatory breaches (for example relating to the Horse Passports Regulations 2009), debt disputes (including unpaid livery bills), fraud (including civil fraud prevention and reaction services), insurance matters (including public liability and product liability insurance), charity issues and guidance, employment law, all areas of real estate law (including equine property transactions, financing, planning considerations and agricultural matters), personal injury claims, sales & purchases of equine businesses, racehorse and partnership syndicates, loan agreements and disputes, as well as joint ventures & partnerships.

Our advice is practical, sustainable and helps you make smarter decisions. We are the appointed solicitors to The Pony Club and a member of the Equine and Animal Lawyers Association. We understand the equine sector because members of our team are involved in it personally and own and show their own horses. We therefore understand the time, money and emotion involved! 

We know what you want to achieve and your need for practical, expert equine law advice. We are able to keep your commercial and equine objectives firmly in mind, presenting innovative solutions to, often complicated, problems.

Some of our experts

Kieran Walshe

Partner - Head of Commercial Insurance and Head of Equine

As Head of DWF's Commercial Insurance team I advise on a range of high value and/ or complex litigation matters and misfeasance cases.