Brisbane Horse Racing & Equine Lawyers

Attwood Marshall Lawyers provide a very a niche legal service dealing with all aspects of the thoroughbred breeding, horse racing and equine industry. We are proud to be one of the few law firms that specialise in this area of law in Queensland.

With highly specialised knowledge in the business facets of the industry, our Brisbane lawyers can help you navigate the complexities of the regulations that apply when you are:

  • purchasing or selling racehorses;
  • choosing your business structure;
  • dealing with racing syndicate disputes;
  • navigating partnership disputes;
    ensuring compliance with tax regulations;
  • resolving contract disputes; or
  • seeking compensation for workplace injuries that happen when working in the equine industry.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers Legal Practice Director Jeff Garrett heads up the Racing and Equine Law Department. Jeff is able to offer valuable insight into the industry, as he is a commercial breeder and racehorse owner, and has the first-hand knowledge to help you understand how to setup your business for success and mitigate the risks of doing business in the equine industry.

By speaking with our highly experienced equine legal team, you can have peace of mind in knowing your legal affairs are in the right hands.

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Our Brisbane Racing & Equine legal services include:

Racehorse syndication involves the total cost of a racehorse being divided into smaller shares between multiple people. If you are choosing to share the ownership of a racehorse, there are several legal factors you need to consider, including the risks involved in racehorse syndication, how to protect yourself and what documentation is required.

Each State and Territory in Australia have different appeals processes. In Queensland, internal reviews for jockeys and trainers are dealt with by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission. Appeals must be lodged no later than 14 days after receiving a notice of a decision.

Strict time limitations apply; therefore, it is imperative that you seek legal advice from an experienced racing and equine lawyer at the earliest opportunity so that they can assist you with your application.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers can represent you during the process to give you the best possible chance of a positive outcome.

The horseracing industry can be very lucrative, however due to its unique nature, there are many considerations you need to make before investing or starting a business in this industry.

To ensure your business is set up for success, Attwood Marshall Lawyers can provide you with comprehensive and professional advice, and help you:

  • create a viable business plan;
  • complete financial projections and industry benchmarking reports; and
  • perform a business vs. hobby test to ensure you meet the necessary criteria for future taxation and GST.

Our racing and equine lawyers have an extensive understanding of the financial and legal implications different business structures can have.

When your business is structured correctly from the start, you give yourself the best chance of maintaining a profitable operation and meeting all the necessary regulatory requirements.

When you are involved in the horseracing and equine industry, it is extremely important to ensure your activities comply with current taxation laws.

Our Brisbane team provide personalised legal advice to help you adhere to the regulations, without over-paying or missing out on any entitlements.

Our specialist services can help you:

  • develop strategies to ensure compliance
  • complete a full case submission that analyses your activities and operation in view of an ATO audit
  • understand tax depreciation rules
  • minimise the impact of Australian tax law to foreign breeders and owners, ensuring compliance with their filing requirements
  • if you need to attend discussions or information requests with the ATO.

Contract disputes in horseracing can be dealt with fairly and promptly when you have an experienced litigator supporting you throughout the process. Attwood Marshall Lawyers aim to obtain the most desirable outcome possible for all parties involved.

If you are a jockey, trainer, or employee involved in the equine, thoroughbred breeding and horseracing industry, and you sustain an injury or work-related illness during the course of your work, you may be entitled to make a WorkCover claim.

It is important that you seek legal advice from an experienced compensation lawyer as soon as possible as there are strict time limits that you must adhere to if you intend to make a workers’ compensation claim.

As a leading compensation law firm, our Brisbane team can help you understand your rights and guide you through the claims process.

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