We have specialist knowledge in equine matters and a track record of representing racing stables, equestrian establishments, sports organisations, landlords, tenants and farmers and those working within the equine industry.


Russell Reeves

Partner 0117 930 9598

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614


Combining in-depth knowledge of both agricultural and property law, we deliver commercially focused legal advice on equestrian ownership and business-related equestrian disputes.

We resolve conflicts ranging from livery disputes to insurance claims, horse sale disputes, property matters and veterinary negligence. At Thrings, we view each new instruction as the beginning of a long-term relationship and will work with you to get the very best for you and your business.

Our Agriculture Team has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in this area. Highlights include:

  • Successful High Court claim by one of the owners of a racing stables against her former business partners. The case concerned ownership of shares in race horses.
  • Acting for a well-known stable in the successful defence of a claim for professional negligence arising from the escape of a horse.
  • Claim for damages arising from the misdescription of a race horse in a sale contract.
  • Professional negligence claim against a vet for the death of a race horse and consequential damages worth thousands of pounds.
  • Claim for damages against a dog owner who allowed a dog to enter stables and cause significant damage and worry to horses.
  • Defending a stable from a personal injury claim by a rider who fell from a horse and suffered life-changing spinal injures.
  • Animals Act liability advice.

Our disputes expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Bespoke agreements
  • Bridleways and other access rights
  • Business tenancies
  • Contracts for the sale of horses
  • Employment disputes
  • Equestrian business disputes
  • Equestrian property disputes
  • Grazing agreements
  • Health and safety regulations
  • Liabilities and disputes
  • Liability claims
  • Liability under the Animals Act 1971
  • Livery agreements disputes (including DIY, part, full, working and competition livery)
  • Loan agreements, for short or long-term arrangements
  • Personal injury claims
  • Planning and environmental regulations
  • Purchase and sale of horse disputes
  • Purchase and sale of an equestrian business disputes
  • Regulations affecting recreational and commercial horse transport

Industry Accreditations

We have strong ties to the following:


Acting as National Farmers Union panel solicitors for more counties than any other law firm in the country, we have strong ties to the following:

  • Agricultural Law Association 
  • British Institute of Agricultural Consultants
  • Central Association of Agricultural Valuers
  • Country Land and Business Association
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Tenant Farmers Association

We are also proud to be the sole designated legal contributor to the Farmers Weekly Business Clinic.

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NFU Members

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As an NFU Panel Firm we offer NFU Members a 12.5% discount on our fees for qualifying cases and if you subscribe to the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme further funding from the NFU may be available.