Property Litigation


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Property disputes can be a stressful and difficult time that ultimately needs experienced lawyers to help you reach a satisfactory solution quickly. We strive to find the best solution for you in all types of property and real estate disputes and work to minimise the risks of disputes escalating to litigation where possible. All options for dealing with your dispute will be considered including negotiation, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and court proceedings, in order to advise you on the most appropriate way forward in your case.

Our expertise spans all facets of property and real estate litigation services including:

Sale & purchase agreements

Disputes can arise when buying and selling horses with often large sums of money at stake. We can help with issues of misrepresentation or breach of contract. If you are buying a horse, you should think about asking questions that are important to you and if selling answer any such questions truthfully as misleading could amount to misrepresentation and allow claims to be made for damages or possibly to rescind the contract (refunding monies and returning the horse) if the horse is not as stated. There may also be breach of contract if for example the horse is not as stated in the actual contract for example is not free of disease which may result in compensation for costs such as vet bills and related losses. There may be complex legal arguments on these issues which means that the advice of a specialist solicitor at an early stage in the dispute is necessary.

Veterinary/Trainer/Farrier negligence

If a professional fails to perform their duties with the required skill and care, failing to act in a way that other reasonably skilled professionals would do, resulting in harm or damage to the horse you may be entitled to claim compensation to cover actual losses suffered through either breach of contract or professional negligence. By way of example only this could be a misdiagnosis, failure to treat appropriately or use of outdated techniques. Compensation could for example cover the market value of the horse if it were to die or could cover loss of profit if you could not raise usual income from the horse for example through racing.

Public liability

Owners can be held liable for any damage caused by their horse. This can occur through the owner being negligent for example not warning visitors of the aggressive nature of a horse or through nuisance for example not securing a field allowing horses to roam on highways or neighbour’s land causing damage. There may also be liability under the Animals Act 1971 where owners can be liable even if they have taken all reasonable precautions. Advice may be needed on the risks to take action to try to avoid them or advice on rights if something has gone wrong.

Equine Loan Agreements

Private loans are often made to help fund the purchase of a horse. It is important to take advice on the wording of such loan agreements and ensure that the terms are as intended for example will the loan be secured or unsecured? The loan could amount to a charge over the horse itself or give the lender partial rights over the horse. It is vital that any agreement considers all the available options and is tailored to the parties intentions, clearly setting out each party’s rights and obligations. Minor errors could be costly and often lead to ownership disputes. To avoid this, it is important to take expert legal advice.

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