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New Equine Law Clinic set to offer free legal advice in Southwell

People in Nottinghamshire experiencing horse-related legal issues are to benefit from free legal advice thanks to a new Equine Law Clinic.

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The clinic will offer free legal advice on equine law issues including horse passports, sale and purchase disputes and land disputes.

The clinic – run from Southwell Library - is a joint venture between Nottingham Trent University’s Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre and the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with leading law firm Shakespeare Martineau.

It will offer free legal advice on equine law issues including, amongst other things, horse passports, sale and purchase disputes, land disputes, riding accidents, horse insurance claims and buying and selling stables.

Rebecca Stojak, Nottingham based solicitor and expert in equine law at Shakespeare Martineau, will provide the specialist advice and supervise the cases dealt with by the clinic.

She will work alongside trained Nottingham Law School student advisers from the Legal Advice Centre, to offer free legal advice during 45 minute pre-booked appointments.

Faye Deverell, senior supervising solicitor at Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre, said: “This new outreach service will be the first time we are branching out into the rural sector based on feedback from NTUs Equine Centre located on our Brackenhurst Campus, who identified an increasing need for support relating to equine legal issues.

“Rebecca is a renowned expert and we are looking forward to having her on board, helping those in the local community with any horse related legal issues.

We are also looking forward to continuing our partnership with Inspire Libraries, who have kindly allowed us to use Southwell Library to host this new service.”

Rebecca Stojak, an Alumni Fellow of NTU, said: “I’m delighted to be teaming up with Nottingham Law School and to be bringing this service out into the local area. Equine law is becoming more mainstream and enquiries are growing. It’s an exciting project and I am anticipating helping lots of horse owners in the community.”

The first appointments at the Equine Law Clinic will take place on Wednesday 14 March 2018 from 2pm and further sessions will be held on:

  • 18 April 2018
  • 16 May 2018
  • 20 June 2018

People who would like to access the service will need to book an appointment by contacting the Legal Advice Centre with brief details of the enquiry.

Details can be provided by either phoning 0115 848 4262 or by emailing

People can also complete a web enquiry form at

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    Nottingham Trent University was named University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards and Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.

    NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.

    NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.

    With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

    About Shakespeare Martineau

    Shakespeare Martineau is a leading law firm that brings creativity, commerciality and clarity to complex challenges. We have big ambitions and work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the world.

    We pride ourselves on protecting and growing our clients’ businesses and personal wealth. It’s our energy and entrepreneurial flair that have helped us become one of the country’s fastest growing legal services providers, our national presence through our geographic footprint provides us with a broad and deep  market insight.

New Equine Law Clinic set to offer free legal advice in Southwell

Published on 26 February 2018
  • Subject area: Law, criminology and justice
  • Category: Press office; School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences; Nottingham Law School

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