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Webinar: It’s not always the horse’s fault – defending strict liability claims under the Animals Act 1971

On Thursday 8th April, Jonathan Hand QC of Outer Temple and Bruce Ralston of Weightmans will present a webinar about defending claims for personal injury brought under the Animals Act 1971, with a focus on the areas which are most commonly in dispute and practical guidance about how to deal with them.

Claims for strict liability under the Animals Act are particularly challenging because of the complex wording of the Act and the difficulty in applying its provisions to the wide range of factual situations which arise.

This webinar will look at the areas which are most commonly in dispute, namely whether the conditions for strict liability in s.2(2) of the Act are made out – with particular reference to recent cases relating to what is “dangerous” behaviour under sub-paragraph (a) – and whether the statutory defence of voluntary acceptance of risk can be relied on.

Drawing on their wide experience of handling these claims, the speakers will look at practical examples of how to manage disputes under the Animals Act involving personal injury caused by horses and other animals.

By the end of this webinar members would have gained an insight into:

  • The key provisions of the Animals Act 1971
  • Common issues in claims for personal injury under the Act and recent case law in this field
  • How to manage these issues in practice

About the speakers

Jonathan Hand QC is a leading silk with a busy practice specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He has a particular interest in disputes involving animals, including personal injury claims brought under the Animals Act 1971. He is the author of A Practical Guide to Personal Injury Claims Involving Animals.

Bruce Ralston is a Partner at Weightmans who specialises in the arenas of sports liability, regulatory & governance, advising insurers, sports governing bodies and sports companies/organisations, and has done for the past 20 years. He is a member of BASL & an affiliate of the ICSA.


The webinar will be held on Thursday, 08 April 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. You can register here.

Events, News, Sports 7 Apr, 2021


Jonathan Hand KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

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