Harrison Clark Rickerbys are the proud Official Legal Partners to British Dressage and headline sponsors to their annual National Convention. As legal partners to British Dressage the Harrison Clark Rickerbys equine team provide full legal support to members of British Dressage by way of a free legal helpline as well as discounted and preferential rates.

Our equine team is not only for British Dressage members, whatever aspect of the equine world you are involved in the Harrison Clark Rickerbys equine team, each of whom are leaders in their fields of expertise, are able to provide you with expert legal advice coupled with a real passion and understanding of the practical issues that are important to you.

Alison Goodwin heads up the team, supported by Ruth MacCarthy. Both are equine specific litigation specialists and advise on liabilities related to horses, sale and purchase disputes as well as negligence claims against veterinary professionals and other equine industry workers.

Alison Goodwin was born and brought up around horses having ridden at National level in both Eventing and Dressage and having spent a number of years working in an international event yard before embarking upon her legal career. Alison gained a first class law degree before training with Harrison Clark Rickerbys in Cheltenham and now has over 10 years’ experience in the legal field. Alison has been appointed by British Dressage as one of their representatives on the British Equestrian Federations Hearing Panel.

Ruth has long standing equestrian knowledge from her years owning, breeding and competing horses where a youth in Pony Club qualifying for National Championships has helped her make a very successful career as an International Para Dressage rider. Following an accident eventing in 2004, Ruth was classified as a Grade IV para rider and has competed as a disabled rider both nationally and Internationally. Her commitment to the sport led to her being invited to join the UK Sport World Class Development squad in her journey to competing in a Paralympic Games.

The equine team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys are perfectly placed to provide a first class service for our members with their specialist equine knowledge and expertise.
The feedback from our members has been overwhelmingly positive with nothing but praise for the help and advice provided by the Harrison Clark Rickerbys team.
Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive, British Dressage

Commercial and Property litigation

Esther Stirling has in-depth experience of disputes involving agricultural land. As a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA), a multi-disciplinary organisation which furthers excellence amongst rural professionals, she has particular expertise in handling disputes over the use and occupation of agricultural land. A horse-owner herself, Esther has a particular passion for racing. She has been actively involved in point-to-point racing for many years and is a member of the Point to Point Owners and Riders Association and Women in Racing.


Rachael Reeves advises on equine business matters and, as a horse owner and rider, combines her specialism in corporate law and passion for horses. Rachael can advise on setting up new equine business ventures, purchasing an equine business, structuring existing equine businesses and selling an equine business as well as advising on putting in place agreements and contracts such as livery, stud and training agreements, ownership agreements and loan agreements. For those who want to start a business, we offer a variety of fixed-cost start-up business packages, including incorporating a business and drafting key documents.


Also advising the business services clients, Rachel Nolloth assists with all employment-related matters, from apprenticeships, casual workers and drafting employment contracts to robustly defending tribunal claims and advising on severance arrangements. A keen horse-rider herself, Rachel understands the priorities of those working in the equine industry and tailors her advice accordingly. On hand whenever required, Rachel can work as and when needed and, once engaged, becomes a valuable asset to any growing equine business.