Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Equine Seminar

Over the last two years we at Clarke Willmott have found ourselves dealing with an increasing number of queries and claims involving injuries sustained in incidents involving horses.

On the 20 March 2014 we are running a seminar at our Taunton offices for the benefit of horse owners, riders, livery yard and riding school owners, race yards and equine event organisers with the focus on minimising exposure to risk to those involved with horses and the consequences when things go wrong.

We are delighted to welcome Charlie Lane as the key guest speaker.  His extensive experience as a competitive rider, horseman and coach, combined with over 20 years’ experience acting as an equestrian expert witness in hundreds of cases as well as holding formal positions in  a variety of equestrian organisations make him one of the foremost experts in Britain when it comes to dealing with litigation and the threat of litigation.   He deals with all forms of horse related accidents and disputes including 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; he regularly provides health and safety advice to private and commercial yards and riding schools, as well as competition venues that is realistic, relevant and understandable to all horsemen and women.

Charlie comments:

“For the last 20 years or so I have been very busy with work as an equestrian expert witness.  I am regularly instructed in the UK and Ireland as well as the occasional case in places like Hong Kong, Spain, South Africa and Australia.  My working day is full and when I am not working as an expert I am involved in a wide variety of areas of the equine industry – maintaining my expertise.  Importantly I believe I approach these problems with a sound understanding of what happens in the real world when it comes to working with horses.” 

Charlie will be discussing the areas where things can go wrong, using examples from his own experiences, so that those attending can better understand the risks to be faced in owning and working with horses and so be in a stronger position to minimise exposure to the risk of being sued should something go wrong.

He will be joined by Lee Hart, Partner at Clarke Willmott Solicitors and John Snell, Counsel at Guildhall Chambers who regularly deal with equine claims and will talk about what happens when things go wrong, including the issues involved in running and defending a claim for damages should someone sustain injury.

You can read more about Charlie Lane here.


5:45 – Registration and Coffee

6:00 – Charlie Lane – Minimising risks

6:45 – Lee Hart & John Snell – What happens when things go wrong

7:30 – Questions

7:45 – Drinks and nibbles

If you would like to attend the seminar, please contact Lee Hart on 0345 209 1465 or by email