The Animals Act 1971 makes provision for those injured by an animal(s) to be able to make a claim against the owner.
If you are an animal owner, the keeper or head of the household if the owner is under 16 years of age, you are under a legal duty of care to prevent that animal from causing harm to others.
Common examples include where injury has been caused by unrestrained or escaped animals, such as dog bites – but can also include cases where livestock such as cattle or sheep have stampeded or caused accidents by running onto roads.
The Act also provides classification for dangerous species of animal and any damage caused by them – this might include zoo animals and other species not commonly domesticated in the British Islands. In these cases, strict liability applies.
How we can help
We want to work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your claim.
We understand you will want to know how we can assist, so we offer a free of charge no obligation first meeting or chat, which we follow up with a full letter of advice. If you are in any doubt as to whether you have a claim, please do contact us, again completely without obligation.
We are also able to discuss how you can cover the cost of a claim, including through a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement.
Our key partnerships
We are accredited members and supporters of a variety of campaign and charity organisations, who help provide advice and support to those who have suffered injury.
Recognised and recommended
Our Personal Injury & Group Actions team are recommended in The Legal 500 UK for being “exemplary in every sense” and having “tremendous empathy for clients” – adding that our clients were “impressed by the rapid response times and made to feel important at every stage of the journey.“
Law Society accredited
The Law Society awards accreditations to legal practices and solicitors who meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in specific areas of law. We hold their Personal Injury Accreditation.