BHS Members Legal Helpline
This free service is available to all BHS Friends, Gold (Adult, Junior, Student, Family), Life and Founder members for all your legal queries and is available by phone or email.
You will find the telephone number on the back of your membership card, or if you are a new member, in your welcome pack.
If you need to access the telephone number, email address or need your membership number before you utilise the service then please contact the friendly membership team on 02476 840506.
The free legal advice operates 7 days a week, with an answer phone message leaving service during busy periods or out of hours. You will receive call backs within 24 hours (Monday to Friday office hours).
You can access thirty minutes of free legal advice on each legal matter that you have, they can be equestrian or non-equestrian issues.
The helpline is always operated by solicitors with specialist expertise in equestrian matters.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys
We are pleased that the BHS Legal Helpline is operated by Harrison
Clark Rickerbys, who have a dedicated equine legal team with expertise
in the law relating to all equestrian issues.
So whether you are
looking to buy, sell, loan or compete a horse or pony; are in dispute
with someone regarding a horse related issue; set up or run an
equestrian business; set up a syndicate or training arrangement; or need
advice on the occupation of property, wills, trust, inheritance tax,
employment or relationship difficulties where equestrian assets are
involved, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has an expert able to help.
Meet the Team
Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ specialist equine team is made up of knowledgeable and experienced individuals. The equine team offers expert legal advice coupled with a real passion and understanding of practical issues that are important to their equine clients.
Ruth Coupe heads the team. She is an equine litigation specialist and
advise on liabilities related to horses, sale and purchase disputes as
well as negligence claims against veterinary professionals and other
equine industry workers. Ruth’s passion for equine law stems from years
of owning, breeding and competing horses. She has competed at National
and 3* International level as a para-dressage rider and a previous
rider on the UK Sport World Class Development squad.
Esther Stirling has recently joined the team as a partner in the
litigation department. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law
Association. Esther has over 10 years of litigation experience and
long-standing expertise of handling disputes involving the ownership and
use of horses. Esther has particular expertise in handling property
litigation matters and professional negligence claims.
The other members of the team have similarly interesting backgrounds with horses which make them perfectly placed to act in the best interests of our equine clients.
Rachael Reeves advises on equine business matters and, as a horse owner and rider, combines her specialism in corporate law and passion for horses. Rachael can advise on setting up new equine business ventures, purchasing an equine business, structuring existing equine businesses and selling an equine business as well as advising on putting in place agreements and contracts such as livery, stud and training agreements, ownership agreements and loan agreements. For those who want to start a business, we offer a variety of fixed-cost start-up business packages, including incorporating a business and drafting key documents.
Also advising the business services clients, Rachel Nolloth assists with all employment-related matters, from apprenticeships, casual workers and drafting employment contracts to robustly defending tribunal claims and advising on severance arrangements. A keen horse-rider herself, Rachel understands the priorities of those working in the equine industry and tailors her advice accordingly. On hand whenever required, Rachel can work as and when needed and, once engaged, becomes a valuable asset to any growing equine business.
Our members in Scotland
Please note that Scotland queries will continue to be passed to Anderson Strathern Solicitors.
Our members in Ireland
Please note that Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland queries will be passed to Coonan Crawley.
In the rare instance that you may need to complain about the service please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02476 840506.