9 Gough Chambers houses some of the most experienced practitioners in this tricky area of law. Member of Chambers are regularly involved in High Court and County Court matters dealing with claims under the Animals Act 1971 and at common law. Claims range from dog bites to catastrophic brain and spinal injuries sustained in falls from horses or road traffic collision cases with livestock loose on the highway. The depth of experience means that appropriate Counsel can be found for whatever the value of the claim.

Members of 9 Gough Chambers have been at the forefront of the development of the law in this field having been involved in the Court of Appeal cases of Clark v Bowlt [2006] EWCA Civ 978, Freeman v Higher Park Farm [2008] EWCA Civ 1185 and Whippey v Jones [2009] EWCA Civ 452.

Chambers work is a healthy Claimant/ Defendant split and individual members regularly lecture on this area of law.

Recent cases include:

  • Settlement for a paraplegic whose injuries were caused in her fall from a horse, damages agreed at €3.5 million.
  • Settlement of a brain injury case for a spectator injured at a riding event when a horse careered into him knocking him over and trampling on his head – damages of £500,000 agreed at JSM.
  • Settlement of subtle brain injury claim to woman kicked in the head by a horse whilst walking along a bridleway and linked Secondary Victim claim for her husband.
  • Defending claim brought by passenger in a car who sustained brain injuries when horses escaped onto the road from their field and collided with her car.
  • Defending claim valued well in excess of £1 million where rider fell from horse and later sustained a stroke and paralysis.

Personal Injury Expertise

Animals Act Barristers

Jacob Levy QC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

John Foy QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

Grahame Aldous QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Stuart McKechnie QC

Call: 1997 Silk: 2018

Giles Mooney QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2019

Roger Hiorns

Call: 1983

Bruce Silvester

Call: 1983

Gaurang Naik

Call: 1985

Edwin Buckett

Call: 1988

Stephen Glynn

Call: 1990

Cyrus Katrak

Call: 1991

Jeremy Crowther

Call: 1991

Laura Begley

Call: 1993

Laura Elfield

Call: 1996

Jeremy Ford

Call: 1996

Tara Vindis

Call: 1996

Simon Butler

Call: 1996

Johnathan Payne

Call: 1997

Perrin Gibbons

Call: 1998

Simon Brindle

Call: 1998

Robert Horner

Call: 1999

Adam Dawson

Call: 2000

Linda Nelson

Call: 2000

Gurion Taussig

Call: 2001

Sabrina Hartshorn

Call: 2001

Giles Bedloe

Call: 2001

Esther Pounder

Call: 2003

Oliver Millington

Call: 2003

Hugh Rimmer

Call: 2003

Abigail Stamp

Call: 2004

Jennifer Newcomb

Call: 2006

Edward Lamb

Call: 2006

James Byrne

Call: 2006

Catherine Atkinson

Call: 2006

Ben Rodgers

Call: 2007

Kate Lamont

Call: 2007

Tom Restall

Call: 2007

Holly Tibbitts

Call: 2010

William Dean

Call: 2011

Helen Pooley

Call: 2012

John Schmitt

Call: 2013

Laura Hibberd

Call: 2013

Thomas Jones

Call: 2015

Max Melsa

Call: 2015

Kyah Mufti

Call: 2016

Theodore Bunce

Call: 2018

Lucy Lodewyke

Call: 2018

Amelia Katz

Call: 2018

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