In the world of horseracing, there is always the potential for a dispute to arise. These can range from a simple running and riding appeal up to heavy-duty clashes over media rights or the ownership of increasingly valuable bloodstock.
Our expert and highly experienced Horseracing Disputes Team regularly acts for individuals and organisations in a wide variety of disputes in and connected to the horseracing industry.
On the regulatory side we have acted for jockeys, trainers, owners, punters and others before a number of tribunals
The Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board of the British Horseracing Authority
The Licensing Committee of the British Horseracing Authority
The Appeal Body of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board
The Appeal Panel of the Emirates Racing Authority
The Appeal Panel of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The areas that arise in regulatory proceedings are varied but we have particular experience in defending complex gambling conspiracy allegations, ‘stopping’ allegations, ‘doping’ cases, non-reciprocation applications, animal welfare charges, interference appeals and contested licensing applications and running and riding appeals.
Outside of the regulatory framework we act for a number of people and organisations in horseracing
Personal injury suffered in horseracing
Defamation and breach of privacy
Disputes over the ownership of horses
Disputes between trainers and owners
Bloodstock agency agreements
Licensing and insurance
We also regularly act for leading names in the world of horseracing in disputes with their regulators relating to the regulator’s use of its authority.
It was a pleasure to work with James Thorpe and Harry Stewart-Moore. My main aim was to get the new business up and running before the start of the Cheltenham Festival and it is thanks to their hard work and a few late nights all round, that we were able to meet that crucial deadline.