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“Hold your horses an update from pastures new”

Watch the Recording. Equine Seminar – Talk 1. Hold Your Horses: A Legal Update From Pastures New

Watch the first of a series of equine focused talks from Outer Temple’s Equine Seminar; a Legal Update from Ben Bradley and Samuel Cuthbert.

The Equine Injury team at Outer Temple Chambers hosted The Equine Seminar on 1st March 2023 alongside a line up of some the industry’s best known experts. Chaired by Jonathan Hand KC, topics included a Legal Update, a look at the Animals Act from an expert’s point of view, a discussion on the recent judgment in Schoultz v Ball [2022] EWHC 2452 (KB), and a discussion on the recent Freddy Tylicki case, amongst other issues in the sport.

We were delighted to welcome guest speakers, and experts in their field, Anne-Marie Taylor, Charlie Lane, Clare Garnett, Richard Brooks and professional jockey, Saffie Osborne.

The first talk of the day was by Ben Bradley and Samuel Cuthbert, who gave an overview of the key equine cases which have been before the courts in recent years. From this platform, they also provided an analysis of how to approach claims under s.2(2)(a) Animals Act 1971.

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Jonathan Hand KC chaired the event. He specialises in personal injury work. He has a particular specialism in equine and other animal related litigation with much of his work involving catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as fatal accident claims.

His work includes claims under the Animals Act 1971 and he recently acted in Schoultz v Ball [2022] EWHC 2452 (KB). He is the author of the Liability for Animals section in the Westlaw Insight service and is a legally qualified chair for British Equestrian Federation panels.

Published articles include two articles on the Animals Act which he co-authored with Ben Compton KC for the Journal of Personal Injury Law: The Animals Act 1971 – where are we now? (JPIL 2009, 1-11) and The statutory defences to strict liability (JPIL 2012, 18-24).

Ben Bradley is a leading personal injury junior, acting for both Claimants and Defendants in cases where individuals have suffered life changing injuries. He has been recognised for his particular specialisms in catastrophic injury cases.

Ben’s personal injury practice cuts across a number of core sub-specialisms. His primary focus is in spinal cord injury and brain injury claims (acting both with leading counsel and alone).

He is regularly instructed to represent some of the country’s leading race trainers and riding schools to defend personal injury/equine claims which are brought against them.

Samuel Cuthbert has a broad practice with specialisms in sports law and personal injury amongst other areas.

Samuel accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury litigation, but has a particular focus on employers’ liability, public liability and occupiers’ liability. He has secured findings of fundamental dishonesty on multiple occasions.

In the sporting context, Samuel is frequently instructed, both as led junior counsel and in his own right on behalf of athletes, clubs and national governing bodies. He has a particular specialism litigating head injuries. His practice encompasses sports regulation, safeguarding, disciplinary cases, anti-doping cases, and commercial sports matters. Samuel is also regularly instructed in sports related inquests (most recently, the Angela Lucas inquest).

To find out more about this event or any of our speakers, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)207 427 4907. Paul and his dedicated practice management team can help you identify the right barrister for your case.

Webinars & Recordings 16 Mar, 2023


Jonathan Hand KC

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Ben Bradley

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