Sydney Horse Racing & Equine Lawyers

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to be one of the few Sydney law firms that provide specialist advice in thoroughbred breeding, racing and equine law.

Our team have highly specialised knowledge to be able to assist you with all the business aspects of the industry. We will help you navigate and adhere to the regulations that apply when buying or selling racehorses and structuring your equine business.

We can also assist you if you are involved in a contractual dispute, and we will help you resolve the matter quickly and cost-effectively.  

Our Racing and Equine Law department is headed up by Legal Practice Director Jeff Garrett. Jeff offers valuable insight into the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry as he has firsthand knowledge of being a racehorse owner and commercial breeder himself. His in-depth understanding of the industry and law can help you set your business up for success and mitigate the risks involved in doing business in this niche industry.

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Our Sydney racing and equine lawyers can help with:

Racehorse syndication is one of the most affordable ways to own a racehorse, as it involves dividing the total cost of a racehorse between multiple people. If you are considering getting involved in horse racing syndicates, there are a number of legal factors you must consider. Our team can provide you with clear advice on the risks you may need to take into consideration, and help you protect yourself with the required documentation.

In New South Wales, appeals need to go through Racing NSW (RNSW).

A Notice of Appeal must be completed and lodged with the Appeals Secretary within 7 days of the Appellant being notified of the decision.

As strict time limitations apply, it is important that you seek legal advice from an experienced racing and equine lawyer as early as possible who can assist you with your application.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers can also represent you during the appeal’s process to give you the best chance of achieving a favourable outcome.

The thoroughbred breeding and racing industry can be very lucrative, however due to its unique nature, there are many factors to consider before investing in, or starting a business in, this industry.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers can help you:

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

Our Sydney racing and equine lawyers will help you structure your business properly from the start so that you give yourself the best chance of maintaining a profitable operation in addition to ensuring you meet 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 Sydney lawyers provide personalised advice to help you adhere to the regulations, without over-paying tax or missing out on any entitlements.

We can help you:

  • develop strategies to ensure compliance
  • complete a full case submission that analyses your operation and activities 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

We can also represent you if you need to attend discussions or information requests with the ATO.

Contract disputes in horseracing can be time-consuming and difficult. We aim to deal with disputes that arise fairly and promptly and will support you throughout the process, with a view to achieve the most favourable outcome possible for all parties involved.

If you work in the thoroughbred breeding, racing and equine industry, and have been injured while riding in a race or during the course of your work, we can assist you in making a claim for workers’ compensation.

As leading compensation lawyers, our Compensation Law team have the experience to help you access all of your entitlements to ensure you can get the treatment you need and to secure your financial future. Strict time limits apply when claiming compensation, therefore it is important that you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

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With specialised experience in all aspects of the industry, our horse racing lawyers are ready to assist you with all your equine law related matters.



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