Equine Sales and purchase disputes against trade and private sellers

Blackstone Solicitors provides comprehensive legal advice on matters relating to sales and purchase disputes against both trade and private sellers.

The legal framework surrounding horse sales differs depending on whether you are dealing with a professional trader or a private seller. Understanding these distinctions is essential:

  • Trade Sales: These involve the sale of a horse by a professional trader in the course of their business. Trade horse sales are governed by the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended) and potentially additional consumer protection legislation, depending on the specific circumstances. This framework offers greater protection for buyers, who benefit from statutory warranties regarding the horse’s quality, fitness for purpose, and description.
  • Private Sales: These involve the sale of a horse between two individuals who are not acting in the course of business. Private sales are typically governed by the common law principle of “caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware). This means the onus is on the buyer to ensure they are satisfied with the horse’s condition and suitability before purchasing.

We can provide all of the expert legal assistance you need and have considerable experience in this area of law and can advise you throughout the process.

Speak to our expert equine law solicitors today to find out more about how we can assist you. Call us on 0330 808 0849 or allow us to call you back by completing our online enquiry form.

Our Approach

We place huge emphasis on getting things done properly and efficiently. This is especially true when providing legal advice concerning sales and purchase disputes.

Equine law is a specialised area of law that encompasses a wide range of legal issues relating to horses. It applies to all aspects of horse ownership, breeding, competition, and the equine industry as a whole. At Blackstone Solicitors, our team understands the unique challenges faced by horse owners, breeders, riders, and equine professionals across England and Wales.

“Sara, Pam and Sarah were all very helpfull in getting a difficult house sale completed. Always readilly giving excellent advice when ever required. I would always recomend Blackstones to anyone who is
selling or buying a house. So much so, that you will be dealing with our house purchase here in the
Southwest in the next few months”


Why Legal Help is Important

Whether you are buying or selling a horse, seeking legal advice from a solicitor specialising in equine law offers significant advantages:

  • Understanding Your Rights: Our solicitors can explain the legal framework applicable to your specific transaction, highlighting your rights and obligations as a buyer or seller. This empowers you to make informed decisions throughout the sales process.
  • Drafting Watertight Contracts: For trade sales, a well-drafted sales contract is crucial. Our solicitors can draft a contract that clearly outlines the terms of the sale, including warranties regarding the horse’s condition, limitations of liability, and dispute resolution procedures.
  • Dispute Resolution: Should a dispute arise, our experienced solicitors can advise you on the best course of action. This may involve negotiation, mediation, or pursuing legal action to protect your interests.
  • Mitigating Risks: We can help you identify potential risks associated with the horse sale and advise on strategies to mitigate them. This may involve obtaining a pre-purchase veterinary examination, ensuring the horse’s passport is in order, and understanding any limitations on warranties offered by a seller.

While a handshake agreement might have sufficed in the past, the equine industry today demands a more formalised approach. Equine law is a specialised area that deals with a wide range of legal issues specific to horses. At Blackstone Solicitors, our team in England and Wales understands the unique challenges faced by horse owners, breeders, riders, and equine professionals.

At Blackstone, we can help to give you the very best chance of achieving the outcome you are looking for. Equine law can often be complex, and it is therefore imperative that you seek expert legal help to ensure any contract you sign, is suitable and correct.

Our Services

We provide various services for horse owners and those involved in the equine industry including advising on commercial agreements and making sure everything is completed thoroughly and without error and is in your best interests.

We can also advise on the following areas:

Get in Touch

Find out more about our services and how our equine law specialists can help you and your by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0330 808 0849 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back at a convenient time.

We are able to help individuals throughout the North West, the rest of the UK as well as internationally from our offices in Cheshire and London.

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