Media and recent cases

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Health Certificate Cross Border Horse Transports No Longer Needed

By europeanequinelawyers | May 24, 2017

The countries Belgium, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France signed on the 15th of May a memorandum of agreement concerning the transport of horses. This in consequence of a new initiative of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food-chain (FAVV in Belgium). The main idea behind this agreement is to […]

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EUAEL now on

By europeanequinelawyers | May 16, 2017

Together with our Belgian and Dutch Alliance Partners; Beelen Lawyers and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, EUAEL now has its own Section on Placement on the Belgian version of the website ( will be affective shortly. View the section on (on the right, approximately in the middle of the webpage) Tweet

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Gattiker Rechtsanwälte (EUAEL’s Swiss Alliance Partner) Joined The Law Firm Lanter Attorneys & Tax Advisors In Zurich, Switzerland

By europeanequinelawyers | May 16, 2017

Gattiker Law was founded in 2013 by Dr. Monika Gattiker, who has specialised in healthcare and life sciences as well as in equine law for the last 15 years. This law boutique was recently on the list of 600 top law offices in Switzerland (top 20 in Healthcare and Life Sciences) of the Swiss Financial […]

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New Alliance partners in Germany and Sweden

By europeanequinelawyers | May 3, 2017

European US Asian Equine Lawyers proudly presents two new Alliance Partners in Europe. The German law firm; Berner Fischer & Partner is located in Verden (in the North of Germany) and was founded in 1912. Our new Swedish partner; Gulliksson has branches in Malmö, Lund, Stockholm,  Göteborg and Helsingborg. Both partners are very solid and respectable law firms with […]

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Luc Schelstraete participates at 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour

By europeanequinelawyers | May 1, 2017

On the 27th of April 2017, Luc Schelstraete participated at the 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour — Sino Europe Industry Exchange Seminar. Luc was asked to speak about the Legal aspects of Equine Business. For more info, contact: Tweet

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Amendment to law for horse sales highlights the importance of equine law knowledge – Gulliksson (EUAEL Alliance Partner)

By europeanequinelawyers | April 5, 2017

The Swedish Parliament’s Committee on Civil Affairs has decided that the Consumer Sales Act must be amended regarding the sale of live animals. “Trading in animals is always a specialised area, but with horses, you have the professional sports angle – where one animal could ruin an entire career if it fails to meet expectations. […]

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Introduction – European US Asian Equine Lawyers

By europeanequinelawyers | March 21, 2017

I am honoured and pleased that so many outstanding Law Offices showed their interest in our new Alliance:  EUROPEAN-US-ASIAN EQUINE LAWYERS. In the last decade the Equine Industry has been growing ever since. Also the International horse deals keep increasing annually. My firm, Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, focuses her practice on the International clients as a […]

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Legal Rights of a buyer against a seller of a horse in England that goes lame

By europeanequinelawyers | January 23, 2017

Under English law horses are treated as being goods and the law relating to the sale of goods applies to them. The law regards the purchase of a horse as being a purchase of an unknown quantity. As a general rule the principle “caveat emptor” (“let the buyer beware”) will apply and, therefore, the buyer […]

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Joint venture P.C. WOO and Zhonglun law firm

By europeanequinelawyers | December 14, 2016

On Wednesday the 7th of December, Luc Schelstraete was invited to Zhenzen at the opening/ fusion meeting of the joint venture of Hong-Kong office P.C. WOO and China mainland office Zhonglun. Luc attended the interesting meeting which was part of the GLA (Global Legal Alliance).   Tweet

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Recent cases

Recent FEI doping case of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers

By europeanequinelawyers | June 6, 2017

The defence team consisting of Mr Piotr Wawrzyniak of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers and the co-counsel Ms Lisa Lazarus, Esq. successfully represented a Saudi Olympic Equestrian in controlled medication proceedings before the FEI Tribunal. The cases involved triamcinolon acetonide usage. Despite the fact that the athlete observed the withdrawal / detection period of the medication as […]

Dutch judge declares to be competent in an International Equine dispute between Dutch principal and an Italian Architect and Italian Interior decorator

By europeanequinelawyers | June 6, 2017

The Court of Oost-Brabant has made a decision in an interim judgement during a court procedure between a Dutch equine business owner and her Italian counter parties with regards to her competence in this matter. The case concerns the performance of an agreement with regards to contracting of work in the Netherlands. The equine business owner […]

Court rules in favour of client Schelstraete Equine Lawyers in case of sold horse with fleeing behavior

By europeanequinelawyers | May 31, 2017

On the 17th of May 2017 the Court of Midden-Nederland came to a final decision in a litigation procedure which was started by the buyer of an Icelandic mare. Schelstraete represented the seller in this case. The buyer stated that the horse is showing fleeing behaviour, is suffering from a defect on the eye as well […]

Schelstraete Equine Lawyer’s client wins case about sold horse with back problems

By europeanequinelawyers | May 31, 2017

The case revolves around the purchase of a horse by Schelstraete’s client which took place about the 28th of August 2013. After several months the buyer contacted the client stating that the horse has back problems and that the horse was no longer suitable for the dressage sport. The buyer demanded that the client would […]

A Swiss buyer of a show jumper in Belgium triumphs in litigation procedure against a Belgian veterinarian

By europeanequinelawyers | May 10, 2017

The in Switzerland located client of Beelen Advocaten in Leuven and Schelstraete Advocaten in the Netherlands had a pre-purchase vet check performed by a veterinarian located in Belgium. The horse in question was an expensive show jumper which was clinically and radiographically examined by the veterinarian. The vet check took place on June the 4th […]

Seizure of a horse on Criminal Law grounds remains in effect

By europeanequinelawyers | May 3, 2017

In the Netherlands there is a possibility for the public prosecutor to seize goods which are related to criminal offences. Recently the public prosecutor has made use of this possibility and seized a horse. Three other parties complained against the seizure now that they claimed that they were the owner of that particular horse. The […]

Pony with permanent tendon issues sold as a top class sport pony, Schelstraete (EUAEL Alliance Partner) reaches a very advantageous settlement

By europeanequinelawyers | April 11, 2017

Schelstraete Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) has reached a very advantageous settlement in a case regarding a pony which due to frequent tendon issues is no longer suitable to serve as a sport pony. By reaching the settlement the client not only receives a refund of the purchase price but also compensation for nearly all the […]

Court of Leuven has ruled in favour of client Beelen Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) in case of horse with behavioral issues

By europeanequinelawyers | January 31, 2017

Recently the Court judged that the claim of a client of Beelen Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) is to be awarded since the horse in question was showing behavioural issues. An amateur buyer purchased a show jumper from a professional dealer. After delivery the horse showed resistant behaviour during the jumps. The Court ruled that the […]

Mr. Van der Vaart and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client: Mr. Hervas Ascencio ended their dispute with regards to the horses Let it be VDV and Cyrano VDV.

By europeanequinelawyers | January 24, 2017

In August 2015 a dispute arose between Mr. Van der Vaart, the owner of the largest share in the horse Let it Be VDV and Cyrano VDV Z, and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client: Mr. Hervas Ascencio, the trainer and co-owner of the horses with regards to – among others – the training […]

The Court of Gelderland judged in favour of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client on the 11th of January 2017

By europeanequinelawyers | January 23, 2017

In 2013 a client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner)  sold a horse to a buyer based in the U.S.. After delivery to the buyer the horse showed resistant behaviour. The buyer therefore stated that the horse did not comply to the agreement.  Our client contested this after which the buyer summoned the seller to […]