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Event: The Equine Seminar – 1st March 2023

Join Outer Temple Chambers and a fantastic line-up of expert guests for The Equine Seminar, on Wednesday 1st March at The Law Society.

You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers’ team of equine injury experts and esteemed guests for our upcoming Equine Seminar on Wednesday 1st March 2023. Topics to be covered include a Legal Update, discussion of the recent judgment in Schoultz v Ball [2022] EWHC 2452 (KB), and a panel discussion on issues in equine sport including the recent Freddy Tylicki case.

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


1.30 to 2.00     Registration (tea and coffee on arrival)

2.00 to 2.45     Ben Bradley and Samuel Cuthbert: “Hold your horses: an update from pastures new”

Ben and Sam will give an overview of the key equine cases which have been before the courts in recent years. From this platform, they’ll also provide an analysis of how to approach claims under s.2(2)(a) Animals Act 1971

2.45 to 3.15     Anne-Marie Taylor: “The Animals Act from an equestrian expert’s point of view”

3.15 to 3.45     Refreshment break

3.45 to 4.30     Panel Discussion: a discussion of two important recent cases including insight from some of those involved

Schoultz v. Ball and others [2022] EWHC 2452 (QB): Jonathan Hand KC, Harriet Jerram, Clare Garnett and Charlie Lane – chaired by Nathan Tavares KC

Tylicki v. Gibbons [2021] 3470 (QB): Nathan Tavares KC, Richard Brooks, Charlie Lane – chaired by Jonathan Hand KC

4.30 to 5.00     Saffie Osborne in conversation with Carin Hunt

Rising star jockey Saffie talks about her career in racing

5.00 to 5.30     Drinks in the Dining Room of The Law Society

Book your place

This event will be held at:

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL
1.30pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 1st March 2023

Please note, the talks at this event will be recorded for on-demand viewing.

Book your place here.

About the speakers

Jonathan Hand KC 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).

Jonathan is ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading silk in both Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.

Nathan Tavares KC practises in Personal Injury. He has a particular specialism in cases with an international element, including claims raising conflicts and jurisdictional issues. He also has experience of acting in claims in other jurisdictions, including in the Privy Council and in Jersey.

Nathan is an experienced horse rider and has acted predominantly for riding institutions in many horse-related claims. In the leading case of Mirvahedy v Henley he acted alone for the defendant at the quantum trial. He also acted successfully for the Defendant in Schoultz v Ball [2022] EWHC 2452 (KB).

He has been involved in some of the largest individual personal injury claims including several with values in excess of £10 million and one in excess of £20 million, and a number of significant multi-party actions (mass tort claims).

Harriet Jerram has specialised in personal injury for over 20 years.

Since starting in practice, Harriet has had a niche personal injury practice, specialising in Animals Act claims. She has particular experience of representing Defendants in equine cases, successfully defending dozens of cases at trial. She represented the Defendant in an Animals Act case arising out of a fall from a horse at a racing stables, resulting in spinal injury; VPS v RH [2019]. She also acted successfully for the Defendant in Schoultz v Ball [2022] EWHC 2452 (KB), instructed by Clare Garnett of Clyde & Co.

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).

Carin Hunt has a broad practice with specialisms in personal injury as well as clinical negligencetravel,  and public law. As part of her personal injury practice, in which she acts for both Claimants and Defendants, Carin regularly appears at trial, CCMC’s, application hearings, and infant settlement approval hearings. She takes instructions in a broad range of personal injury cases including accidents at work, historic sexual abuse, road traffic accidents, and claims arising under the Animals Act 1971, the Highways Act 1989, and the OLA 1957.

Anne-Marie Taylor is a former Eventing champion and is now an internationally recognised equestrian judge. She also spends time teaching, encapsulated in her Fellowship of the BHS, seeing each aspect of her career as each informing and enhancing her other activities. This combination of expertise and experience makes Anne-Marie Taylor unique in British Equestrianism.

She is also a well respected Expert Witness and has been instructed in many cases for both claimant and defendant in Animal Act cases as well as negligence, personal injury and valuations. Each time she has appeared in Court her evidence was preferred.

Charlie Lane is one of the most experienced professionals in the equestrian world. His qualifications in agricultural and equine science combined with his experience makes him one of the foremost equestrian consultants in Britain. In particular he is well known in horse racing and eventing.

His services as a consultant and as an equestrian expert witness are used widely by solicitors, insurers and private clients. He has a reputation for writing clear, balanced and comprehensive reports and for providing considered verbal evidence that assists the Court. He is instructed for defendants, claimants and as a single joint expert. He has been instructed in cases involving a wide variety of riding and horse handling accidents, loss of earnings of employees working in the equine industry, valuation of horses, and disputes over horse sales.

Clare Garnett is a partner at Clyde & Co. in the catastrophic injury group. She regularly deals with large and complex claims arising from industrial accidents, accidents at work, and claims involving animals.

Having previously owned and run an equestrian yard for over 10 years, she has developed a niche area of specialism within the equestrian market and is well-regarded for her knowledge and expertise within this area. She has particular interest in the racing industry and acts for a number of well-known owners and trainers. 

Richard Brooks is a partner at RWK Goodman. He heads the Personal Injury Department in London and is joint head of the firm’s Racing and Bloodstock team.

Having worked in two niche equine law firms and ridden out in racing stables for a number of years he also has a special interest in horseracing. He can be considered one of only a handful of real expert solicitors in claims involving animals. Richard is also an accredited Mediator and is known in particular for mediating equine-related matters.

Saffie Osborne is a professional horseracing jockey making waves in the racing world. A former Eventing champion, she is in high demand and we are delighted that she has offered to make time whilst on the racing circuit to speak at this event about her life and experience. From a racing family, she has experienced and overcome career threatening injury and endured online abuse to become one of the leading riders in the the Racing League.

Further Details

Date: Wednesday 1st March 2023
Time: 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Venue: The Law Society
Cost: Free

To book your place and request further details please contact

Events 25 Jan, 2023


Nathan Tavares KC

Nathan Tavares KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2018

Jonathan Hand KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

Harriet Jerram

Call: 1998

Ben Bradley

Call: 2007

Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

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