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Equine Law

We offer all participants in the equestrian industry affordable access to excellent lawyers with a deep understanding of the equestrian world. We seek to guide the industry as it professionalises, while supporting the development of equestrian sport and the maintenance of its social licence to operate. 

Our Equine Law Services 


Our breadth of expertise allows us to provide pragmatic, clear, commercial advice backed by our personal understanding of the equestrian community, to clients both in the UK and internationally. Areas of work include: 

 

  • Co-ownership and syndicate agreements for bloodstock and sport horses.

  • Sponsorship and brand ambassador agreements.

  • Event organiser agreements.

  • Business structure and commercial agreements.

  • Professional rider agreements.

  • Regulatory and Governance (including compliance with the UK Code for Sports Governance).

  • Stud agreements.

  • Auction terms.

  • Employment contracts and related issues.

  • Yard agreements, including livery and training agreements.

  • Sale, lease and loan agreements.

  • Manufacturing, supply and “white labelling” agreements.

  • Consultancy agreements.

  • Advertising and promotion.


Who Do We Advise? 


We work with all participants in the equestrian industry, from young professionals starting their businesses to established brands, and governing bodies to start-up companies offering all types of services to the equestrian market. With extensive experience of operating within businesses at a senior level, we are also well placed to advise companies, owners and professionals on strategic matters, with discretion being paramount at all times. 


Why Choose Our Team? 


Led by Jodie Seddon (Chambers ranked in 2022 and 2023), Jodie has developed an extensive equestrian advisory practice over the last 4 years, combining her legal expertise with her equestrian knowledge to advise all types of industry participants in respect of their commercial and corporate activities. She is joined by Laura Hillier, who is also an experienced commercial lawyer with a long held personal interest in horses and experience operating equestrian businesses. We aim to ensure that top class, pragmatic legal advice is readily accessible to all equestrian industry participants, to support their endeavours and protect their interests as the sector becomes more professional. 


What Recent Work Have We Completed? 

  • Advising on high value equestrian athlete sale and purchase contracts ahead of the cut off for registration for the Paris Olympics 2024.

  • Advising on co-ownership, syndicate and club supporter agreements for elite athletes and racing supporters. 

  • Advising brands on their sponsorship arrangements with riders and events. 

  • Advising Olympic riders on sponsorship and brand ambassador agreements.

  • Advising on both the drafting and application of auction terms and conditions. 

  • Advising on high value bespoke lease arrangements. 

  • Advising on standard terms of business for content creators (including protecting IP rights). 

  • Advising on the application of the UK Code of Sports Governance, and ways to satisfy its criteria.

  • Advising on terms of business for online bookings for businesses operating online and in person.

  • Advising on the terms of a collaboration between an advertising platform and an industry publication. 

  • Advising on polo player and professional rider agreements and associated arrangements. 

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