With specialist knowledge of the law relating to equine matters and extensive experience in agricultural legal matters, we provide full-service advice to help achieve your goals. Whether you need assistance with a property agreement or equestrian business sale, guidance on a dispute or legal advice relating to personal injury, our experienced team can support you.

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Duncan Sigournay

Duncan Sigournay


Mark Charter

Mark Charter


At the heart of equestrian business

Combining in-depth knowledge of both agricultural and commercial property law, we act for equestrian establishments, sports organisations, landlords, tenants and farmers – delivering commercially focused legal advice on equestrian ownership and business-related matters. Our collaborative approach draws on expert knowledge from across our firm to ensure you receive the full support you need. And should you have a dispute, our litigators will help you resolve conflicts ranging from livery disputes to insurance claims, horse sale disputes, property matters and veterinary negligence. At Thrings, we view each new instruction as the beginning of a long-term relationship and will work with you to get the very best for you and your business.


Our Agriculture Team has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in this area. Highlights include:

  • acting on the purchase of a former dairy farm for conversion to a training and stud farm
  • acting on the granting of a long lease of polo stables
  • updating and regularising livery agreements

  • contractual disputes regarding the sale/loan of horses
  • access issues for horse owners, including formal hunt agreements
  • Animals Act liability advice


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • equestrian property
  • agricultural tenancies
  • bridleways and other access rights
  • business tenancies
  • grazing agreements
  • non-commercial tenancies
  • planning and environmental regulations
  • purchase and sale of a wide variety of equestrian properties
  • liability claims
  • equestrian business
  • employment contracts
  • purchase and sale of an equestrian businesses, including the transfer of property and employees

  • setting up an equestrian business, including creating a company or other trading arrangement
  • liabilities and disputes
  • employment disputes
  • health and safety regulations
  • liability under the Animals Act 1971
  • personal injury claims
  • regulations affecting recreational and commercial horse transport
  • bespoke agreements
  • contracts for the sale of horses
  • livery agreements (including DIY, part, full, working and competition livery)
  • loan agreements, for short or long-term arrangements

Thrings has ‘a national standing in the agricultural law field’.

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