Our specialist equine solicitors are widely regarded as trusted experts in equine law, with experience spanning more than 15 years, advising on legal matters that affect the ownership of horses and the associated services provided. We work with horse owners, equine professionals, livery-yard owners and veterinary practices, providing services ranging from drafting agreements to resolving disputes and pursuing negligence claims.
We are proud official legal partners to British Dressage, as well as being headline sponsors of their annual National Convention. In this capacity, our first-class team of equine-law experts provide full legal support to members by way of a free helpline, along with discounted and preferential rates for our professional services. We also work with the British Horse Society and other leading equestrian organisations .
We have long-standing relationships with highly regarded professionals within the industry – including veterinarians and horse-sales specialists – and we call upon this expertise to assemble the best possible team and access the most relevant, up-to-date advice on behalf of our clients.
Many of our equine solicitors are equestrians themselves. Our litigation specialists are headed up by Alison Goodwin, who has ridden at national level in both eventing and dressage, as well as spending a number of years working in an international eventing yard before embarking upon her legal career.
Elsewhere in the team we have horse owners, racing enthusiasts and point-to-point riders, all combining their passion for horses with their specialism in corporate law. This gives us a genuine empathy with our clients, who turn to us feeling confident that we understand the issues that are important to them, and the unique challenges they face.
Mrs J E got in touch with Alison through the British Dressage helpline, seeking advice about a...Read full testimonial→
Alison Goodwin’s expert advice enabled Ruth Chappell from Dressage Anywhere, an online dressage competition website, to t...Read full testimonial→
Mrs J E got in touch with Alison through the British Dressage helpline, seeking advice about a veterinary negligence claim relating to veterinary treatment of her horse. Ali was able to act swiftly and settle the matter without recourse to the courts.
Mrs J E described Alison afterwards as “knowledgeable, patient and empathic, giving us the support we needed,” adding that she “would have no hesitation in using [her] in the future and recommending [her] to others.”
Alison Goodwin’s expert advice enabled Ruth Chappell from Dressage Anywhere, an online dressage competition website, to track down two prizes for league winners, despite the league sponsor’s company being wound up.
Writing to Alison, Ruth explained: “I called the BD legal helpline about a business matter and I just wanted to pass on my thanks for your very useful and constructive legal advice.
“I run Dressage Anywhere and our league sponsor had become unresponsive to messages about an £800 prize he’d promised for our 2016 league and 2017 league winners. I had a warning from some of his customers that he was winding up the company. He has since done just that.
“On your advice, I contacted the US manufacturer and today I will be receiving two units from them worth over £1k. I’ve covered shipping and import duties, but I’m bowled over by their generosity.
“So a massive, huge thank you for helping me to be brave and approach the US company; my prize winners are delighted and you’ve helped me to turn this into a good news story.”
Alison Goodwin and the equine team have worked with British Dressage as legal partners for five years, supporting members with a legal advice helpline offering 30 minutes of free legal advice on any legal issue.
The team also offers a range of fixed fee packages to full members of British Dressage for a number of equine legal services, including:
Chief Executive Jason Brautigam said: “Harrison Clark Rickerbys have been the official legal partners for British Dressage for over five years now and they continue to provide a great support for our members. Under the leadership of Alison Goodwin, they offer specialist legal advice via a free legal helpline – not just about equine matters but on a whole range of legal issues. This personal service, combined with a detailed knowledge and understanding of our specialist sector, is what makes all the difference for our members. The feedback we received is always overwhelmingly positive and we are proud that this partnership between BD and HCR is now well established across our sport.”