5 Essex Court

Victoria von Wachter

Call 1997

Equine Law

Victoria acts for the police and private individuals and breed societies in any litigation or advisory work involving horses. To date she has conducted litigation and/or advised in the areas of personal injury, breach of contract, negligence, professional negligence (Veterinary surgeons), Judicial Review (Defra), defamation, horse identification (passports)/welfare, straying and other Animals Act matters.

Victoria has a lifelong interest in horses and riding – she represented Great Britain at junior level in three day eventing and is currently the Performance Test Director of the National Stallion Association.

Notable Equine Law cases include:

2019 - Advising a number of equestrian employers on Working Time/National Minimum Wage breaches - ongoing

Bull v Collins 2016: Fraud, breach of contract, misrepresentation case involving sale of a horse

Re Trakehner Breeds Fraternity (TBF) and Defra 2014: Victoria gave advice to the breed society on the statutory interpretation relating to registration procedures.

Re IDHS and Defra 2005: Judicial review of the Ministry relating to statutory interpretation of European rules on parent and daughter stud books.

Victoria is currently engaged in delivering seminars and webinars for MBL on the law relating to horses.