Barristers sue over luxury horsebox

A group of sports and equine law barristers who argue that their horsebox is too heavy to carry horses have taken their dispute to the High Court.

Casalier, the management company of barristers at Casalier Chambers, is suing manufacturers Equicruiser UK and finance company Lombard North Central plc.

The barristers, who specialise in sports and equine law, wanted to buy a luxury horsebox to market their practice, and to visit and sponsor major equestrian events, according to a High Court claim.

They planned to visit events at Gatcombe Park, Royal Windsor and Blenheim Palace, and wanted the horsebox to have living accommodation for meetings with potential clients, and to provide catering for events and receptions. They also wanted the horsebox to be able to carry three horses.

Casalier paid a total of £71,881.13 for the lorry but claims that it was so heavy it could not be used either safely or legally as a horsebox without contravening the road traffic acts.

In the 2005 – 2006 season, the lorry was found to handle very badly and was unstable, with rocking and swaying. Casalier says the horsebox cannot be used to carry one horse, let alone its tack and equipment, and cannot be used for marketing purposes either.

Casalier is seeking damages under the Misrepresentation Act, and also seeking storage charges of £10 a day from November 30 last year.