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Richard Brooks


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Richard is one of those rare individuals in the law – a litigator with wide ranging legal skills but with a particular passion for horseracing. Not every lawyer who knows about horses makes a good equine lawyer, but Richard is independently recognised as a "Leader in his field" and a "shrewd lawyer and tactician" by legal directories Chambers & Partners UK and Legal 500 UK.

Their specialist knowledge of racing is exceptional resulting in sound, practical and astute advice. This expertise across the whole spectrum of the racing and bloodstock world combined with their high standards of service, in my opinion, make them the leaders in their field.

Mick Channon, owner and breeder, West Ilsley Stables

I can't thank you enough, I would have been hung out to dry had you not fought my corner!

Client of Richard Brooks

About Richard

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and helped to establish niche bloodstock practice Chalk Smith Brooks in 1999. He is a joint leader of the Racing and Bloodstock team who “knows equine matters inside out” according to The Legal 500 UK. Richard, an “aggressive litigator”, regularly and expertly handles animal-related claims.

He has considerable experience in:

  • accidents to riders and horses including claims under the Animals Act 1971
  • personal injury work more broadly particularly very serious injury cases with a special interest in chronic pain
  • motorbike accident claims
  • sporting injuries: accidents involving participants and spectators
  • denied health insurance claims often related to ME/CFS
  • chronic pain including CRPS
  • equine claims involving training and other contract disputes, misrepresentation, sales of goods and veterinary negligence
  • sports disciplinary and licensing work particularly in horseracing acting in high profile cases, including race-fixing and corruption enquiries.

Richard is also an accredited Mediator and part of the firm’s mediation team. Known in particular for mediating equine-related matters he acts in a wide range of other commercial, property and other disputes.

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Everything to do with bloodstock, racing and the business of horses is my thing. It’s a world I feel comfortable in and my clients feel comfortable with me because they know that I get what they do. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Richard Brooks

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Does a cow – or any animal – have to be ‘dangerous’ for an animal injury claim to be made?

7 May 2020

After hearing of a recent and tragic case involving animals injuring and even killing members of the public, Richard Brooks clarifies whether the animal has to be considered ‘dangerous’ for a claim to be brought.

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Cow attacks: what are the odds?

12 February 2019

Richard Brooks, partner in our Personal Injury team, helps you to understand the likelihood of a cow attack, how you might be able to avoid one, and what you can do if you are unfortunate enough to have been victim to one.

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When bees attack: a perspective from a lawyer and beekeeper

26 June 2018

Personal injury lawyer and beekeeper Richard Brooks takes a look at a recent story about a young boy who was injured by bees, and what the legal position is should you be victim of an angry swarm.

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The PACE trial – “one of the biggest medical scandals of the 21st century”

6 March 2018

On 20 February 2018 a Parliamentary debate on the PACE trial – a controversial study on ME/CFS treatment – highlighted the flaws of the original trial whilst also raising debate over whether more information is needed to educate the public and the medical professions about the devastating effects of ME/CFS.

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Royds Withy King welcomes ruling in cow attack case

7 December 2016

Lawyers from Royds Withy King have welcomed a decision this week to fine a farmer £30k for health and safety failures after his cows attacked and killed a retired professor as he walked across a field in Wiltshire.

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Man needed 60 stitches after health and safety failings

26 July 2016

A borough council in London has been fined half a million pounds after one of its road workers suffered a serious injury whilst cutting trees. Southwark Crown Court heard how the man, employed by the London Borough of Havering, had …

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Man loses fingers after health and safety failings

27 June 2016

A metal packaging firm based in London has been fined following an incident in which a worker trapped his hand in a power press and lost two fingers. Westminster Magistrates Court heard how a member of staff at Roberts Metal …

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Law Society criticises changes to personal injury claims

12 February 2016

The Law Society recently raised concerns over proposals to increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000. The proposals, originally announced in the Autumn Statement, would also put an end to compensation payments for “minor” soft tissue …

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Case Studies [3]

Royds Withy King gets a result where another firm could not

4 December 2015

We acted for Sally* who was a stable girl in her twenties. Sally worked in a racehorse training yard and one morning on the way to the gallops the filly she was riding became so agitated that she flipped over. Sally had no chance to avoid the accident and the horse landed on top of her.

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Stable girl compensated for loss of ten teeth

13 February 2014

Former stable girl, Jennie, has received significant compensation for terrible facial injuries.

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Racehorse owner admits liability for horse’s dangerous behaviour

4 December 2013

Ms M was employed as Head Girl at a racehorse training yard. On the day of her accident, she was among the seven horse-riders who exercised horses. They were making their way back to the yard and had to go through a gate.

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