Blythe Liggins, our expert team are on hand to provide you with specialist Equine Law advice.

From the sale and purchase of horses and ponies, to veterinary and professional negligence claims, you can depend on Blythe Liggins to provide you with legal advice that is specifically tailored to meet the needs of you and your horses.

Our Equine Law experts will work with you to resolve the following issues:
Sale and purchase disputes

Whether you are a dealer, professional rider, producer, breeder, stud or private horse owner, you will be offered specialist advice on sale and purchase disputes. Legal letters can be drafted for you and court claims can be brought forward or defended on your behalf.

Sale, purchase, lease and loan agreements

We are able to draft agreements specifically tailored to your needs. We do not work from a standard agreement but draft a specific agreement to suit your requirements, avoiding any future disputes which could prove to be costly and lengthy.

Negligence claims

If you feel that your horse or pony has been the subject of negligence by a vet, trainer, or livery yard operator, Blythe Liggins will be more than willing to act on your behalf.

Personal injury claims

You will be advised on liability under the Animals Act 1971 and, if necessary, we can act on your behalf to defend any equine-related personal injury claims or to bring such a claim.

Don’t fall at the first hurdle – contact the team at Blythe Liggins for all your Equine Law issues.

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Meet the Sports Law Team


Richard Thornton

Richard Thornton

Richard became a Partner at Blythe Liggins in 1984 and since 2008 he has been joint Senior Partner. Richard specialises in dispute resolution and has experience in running cases from the County Court to the Court of Appeal. Richard brings a calm, outcome-focused approach to disputes drawing on a wealth of contacts when necessary.

Richard is an accredited mediator and welcomes instructions to mediate both from lawyers and directly from businesses and individuals. Richard is a passionate believer in the benefits of mediation and is always willing to go the extra length to achieve a settlement.

Richard can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Contentious probate claims
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act claims
  • Professional negligence claims (including claims against solicitors, financial advisers, insolvency practitioners and surveyors)
  • Contract disputes
  • Breach of restrictive covenants
  • Estate Agency issues (Richard acts for National Federation of Property Professionals)
  • Equine disputes

Richard is an active member of Moreton Morrell Real Tennis Court Club and has served on committees at Leamington Cricket Club and Warwick Boat Club. He is Chairman of two local charities.

Get in touch with Richard to find out if he can help you with your dispute resolution or mediation queries.

Call 01926884741 Email rht@blytheliggins.co.uk Download vCard

Philip Morris

Philip Morris

Philip started his legal career in 1978 and worked with some of the best known firms in the Warwickshire area before joining Blythe Liggins in the summer of 2009.

Philip has wide experience acting in the County and High Court. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules and prides himself on his detailed analysis and attention to detail.

Philip can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Contentious probate claims
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
  • Professional negligence claims (including in relation to solicitors, barristers, accountants, insolvency practitioners and vets)
  • Commercial Contract disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Residential and commercial tenancy disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Insolvency claims and disputes
  • Equine Law

Philip enjoys the outdoors, wandering in fields and clambering up rocky fellsides and has a keen interest in photography. Philip enjoys a quiet pint and reading biographies of medieval monarchs. 

Get in touch with Philip to find out if he can help you.

Call 01926884727 Email pm@blytheliggins.co.uk Download vCard

Nick Watts

Nick Watts

Nick qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and spent over 10 years at another Warwickshire firm before joining Blythe Liggins in 2010. His experience and detailed knowledge of commercial matters gives him a sound understanding of the challenges facing businesses. With a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years, Nick is adept at finding solutions to whatever problems may arise during a commercial or residential transaction to ensure his clients achieve their objectives.

Nick can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Commercial and residential conveyancing
  • Freehold & Leasehold sales and purchases
  • The creation of option agreements
  • Advising landlords and tenants in connection with their leases
  • Business sales and acquisitions for a wide range of businesses
  • Providing guidance on issues relating to management of companies and partnerships
  • Drafting and advising on a variety of high value commercial contracts
  • Sports law advice for governing bodies, clubs, coaches and individuals

Nick lives locally and is married with twins. In his spare time, he has many sporting interests including watching football and rugby. Nick plays golf and has been involved in coaching his son’s cricket and rugby teams. 

Get in touch with Nick to find out if he can help you with your business and commercial legal queries.

Call 01926884701 Email ndw@blytheliggins.co.uk Download vCard

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