Equine Law

First-hand experience and a wealth of professional experience ensure we’re able to support our equestrian clients through the wide variety of disputes and issues that can arise.

We advise horse owners, equine professionals, livery-yard owners and veterinary practices on all aspects of equine law.

Our services range from drafting agreements to resolving disputes and pursuing negligence claims. Whether you’re an established breeder or first-time horse owner we provide a personalised service to suit your requirements.

Hungerford is at the centre of a strong and vibrant equine community, and a short distance from Lambourne and the Berkshire Downs, an internationally renowned horse-racing community. Our Equine Law team has extensive equestrian knowledge, many being horse owners themselves.

Agreements & Contracts

The way business is conducted in the equine industry has changed significantly over the years. Whereas deals in the horse world were traditionally concluded with a handshake, we advise clients to enter into formal legal agreements to protect themselves, their business and their horses.

Employment law has also seen continuous development over the years and equestrian businesses should be aware of their employees’ legal rights.

We prepare and advise on the following:

  • Horse purchase and sale agreements
  • Loan agreements
  • Livery agreements
  • Syndicate agreements
  • Breeding agreements
  • Training agreements
  • Employment contracts
Dispute Resolution

No one wishes to become involved in a dispute. However, if professional advice is obtained early on, matters can often be resolved more quickly and cost-effectively. Our Equine team draws on its specialist Dispute Resolution knowledge to assist in the following areas:

  • Disputes following sale, including breach of contract and misrepresentation
  • Disputes regarding damage caused to or by horses
  • Ownership disputes
  • Livery disputes
  • Veterinary negligence
  • Trainer negligence
  • Welfare cases
  • Disputes concerning breeding
Property & Commercial Law

Our expert Commercial Property and Commercial Law teams advise on:

  • Sale and purchase of equestrian premises and businesses
  • Licence agreements
  • Planning legislation

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Our Equine Law Team

Victoria Hopgood - solicitor and partner at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Victoria Hopgood

Partner | Solicitor

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Robert Salame - solicitor and accredited mediator at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Robert Salame

Solicitor | Accredited Mediator

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Kelly Carson - conveyancing executive at Dickins Hopgood Chidley

Kelly Carson

Conveyancing Executive

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  • Livery fees of over £80,000 were being disputed.

    We successfully negotiated a satisfactory settlement that avoided costly court proceedings.

  • A newly purchased horse’s ability and behaviour did not match the assurances of the seller.

    We arranged for the horse to be returned to the seller and the purchase monies to reimbursed in full.

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