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Watch the Recording. Equine Seminar – Talk 3. A panel discussion on recent important equine cases.

Watch the third of a series of equine focused talks from Outer Temple’s Equine Seminar; a panel discussion of two important recent cases including insight from some of those involved.

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 third talk of the afternoon was a discussion on two important recent cases including insight from some of those involved:

Schoultz v. Ball and others [2022] EWHC 2452 (QB): Jonathan Hand KC (Outer Temple Chambers), Harriet Jerram (Outer Temple Chambers), Clare Garnett (Clyde & Co) and Charlie Lane (Lane Equestrian Consultants) – chaired by Nathan Tavares KC (Outer Temple Chambers).

Tylicki v. Gibbons [2021] 3470 (QB): Nathan Tavares KC (Outer Temple Chambers), Richard Brooks (RWK Goodman), Clare Garnett (Clyde & Co) and Charlie Lane (Lane Equestrian Consultants) – chaired by Jonathan Hand KC (Outer Temple Chambers).

Click here to download a case analysis on Tylicki v Gibbons, written by Nathan Tavares KC.

Click here to download a case analysis on Schoultz v Ball, written by Harriet Jerram.

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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Nathan Tavares KC

Nathan Tavares KC

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Jonathan Hand KC

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Harriet Jerram

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