Gold Coast Racing & Equine Lawyers

Racing and equine law is a niche legal area. Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to be one of the few law firms that specialise in this area of law across both Queensland and New South Wales districts.

Our racing and equine lawyers have highly specialised knowledge in the business aspects of the horse racing industry. We can help you navigate the complexities of the regulations that apply when you are selling or buying racehorses, structuring your business, ensuring taxation compliance, resolving disputes and more.

The racing and equine law department is led by Legal Practice Director Jeff Garrett.  Jeff has been with the firm for over 40 years and provides valuable insight into the thoroughbred breeding and horse racing industry. As a commercial breeder and racehorse owner, Jeff has firsthand knowledge and can communicate very easily with those involved in horse racing and breeding. 

When you need specialist racing and equine law advice, you can have confidence in knowing your legal affairs are in the right hands.

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If you are choosing to share the ownership of a racehorse with the original buyer or breeder, there are a number of legal matters you need to consider.

In Queensland, internal reviews for trainers and jockeys must be lodged no later than 14 days after receiving a notice of a decision. Internal reviews are conducted by a single reviewer appointed by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission. As strict time limitations apply, it is extremely important that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible to assist you with your application, and preparation for your hearing. We can represent you during the process to give you the best possible chance of achieving a favourable outcome.

The thoroughbred industry can be a very lucrative industry, however due to its unique nature, there are many aspects to carefully consider before starting a business.

Whether you are commencing or restructuring your existing business in thoroughbred breeding and racing, Attwood Marshall Lawyers can help you create a viable business plan, financial projections and industry benchmarking reports to ensure your business is set for success.

We can help you perform the Business vs. Hobby test, which is a thorough assessment of your operation to ensure you meet the necessary criteria for future taxation and GST registration.

Our team have a firm grasp on the financial and legal implications different business structures can have. We can provide you with comprehensive and professional advice to ensure your business is on the right track and structured appropriately. When you set your business up correctly from the start, you give yourself the best chance of maintaining a profitable operation, while meeting all the necessary regulatory requirements.

Our expert racing and equine lawyers will help you ensure all your activities are fully compliant with current taxation laws and regulations. We provide personalised advice to ensure you are adhering to the regulations, without over-paying.

We can assist you with:

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

With an experienced litigation lawyer supporting you, contract disputes in horse racing can be dealt with fairly and promptly. We will work towards obtaining the most favourable outcome possible for all parties involved.

If you sustain an injury while riding in a horse race, or during the course of your work in the equine, thoroughbred breeding and horse racing industry, you may be entitled to claim workers’ compensation.

Strict time limits apply to make a claim. It is extremely important that you seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as a work-related injury has occurred. Attwood Marshall Lawyers can help you understand your rights and guide you through the claims process.

We also offer a No Win, No Fee guarantee on workers’ compensation claims. Contact us on 1800 621 071 to find out more about our No Win, No Fee policy or to discuss your specific matter.

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With specialised experience in all aspects of equine and racing law, we are here to help you navigate this dynamic industry.

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