It’s the usual story: you launch a chambers, you want to tell people about it, you have a great marketing idea. In the case of Surrey-based Casalier Chambers, which specialises in sports and equine law, the idea was a horsebox. See story.
A luxury horsebox, in fact, presumably complete with luxury straw.
The idea was that the barristers would cough up for the horsebox and use it to trot around major equestrian events such as Gatcombe Park. It would have space for meetings with potential clients (who presumably didn’t mind ‘smell of horse’ with their negotiations) and would provide catering for events and receptions. And they wanted it to be big enough to carry three of the four-legged beasts.
It turns out, according to a High Court claim issued by Casalier’s top stallion, managing director Timothy Frith, the box was a complete ‘mare. The rogue rider could barely hold a horse’s leg without toppling over, Frith claimed. Little wonder that the lawyers bridled and galloped down to the court seeking damages.
At press time the case looked to be heading for mediation, but it looks like an open and shut case (or box, anyway). We doubt it’ll go on furlong.