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The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) is the organisation for you if you employ staff in the equestrian industry.

Equestrian Employers Association Members Get advice

EEA Legal Services

Employing people can be a complex area; and learning about the law and how to deal with disagreements and problems isn't high on most people's to do list. 

Once in a while you may require some legal guidance, and as an employer that might be employment law advice. 

Employment disputes can be messy, time consuming and expensive, so let us help you to get things right from the start.

With EEA membership you get 30 minutes free advice from equestrian and employment law specialists at 5 Essex Court Chambers. Please note, it is best practices to prepare your precise question(s) prior calling and be succinct, in order to gain the maximum benefit of the service. 

Call or email and let us know you’re an EEA member. The team will aim to respond to your enquiry within 24 hours

As an EEA member you will receive a 15% discount from the usual direct access fees..


BEFORE CALLING THE HELPLINE you must view the Coronavirus Page as many of your questions will be answered. 

If your situation is more complex and you need legal advice, please be prepared that you are likely to have a  problem that is too complicated for a 30 minute free session. You will be advised to retain either 5 Essex Court or Bindmans LLP - at your own cost. 

Your issue could result in quite serious court action, and it is a false economy to avoid paying lawyers’ fees now which will be a drop in the ocean compared to what could be due if the problem is not put right, now. 

If you are advised that your situation needs further and more detailed work, that is because it does. 

Phone Helpline:      020 7410 2000   (9.00 - 5.30pm Monday to Friday)

Email:  (Quoting ref: EEA Enquiry) 

HR ISSUES - WHAT is my first step?

Free initial helpline with 5 Essex Court - speak to one of their experienced barristers. (referred to as ‘Counsel’.) 

What if I need more advice?

Need more advice or more the matter is more complicated than can be dealt with in the original 30 minutes; for instance, the prospect of an HMRC investigation in to your pay levels, or arrangements needed for working abroad?

Because at this stage you are going to be charged for Counsel’s time and you are contracting directly with them, you will need to enter into a “Direct Access Agreement”.

You will be sent a contract to read and sign and then return to Counsel. Within this contract will be a breakdown of the work Counsel will undertake and the cost for that work. What work could this be: 

  • Written advice on the law relating to your situation
  • Written advice on evidence needed to be gathered relating to your situation
  • Face to face conference on the above
  • Advice on your next steps
  • Give outline advice if proceedings have already been started

I am being taken to tribunal 

I received an ET1 (Employment Tribunal Claim) or notification of a hearing from HMRC Tribunal relating to National Minimum Wage or Working Time?

Send it to Counsel immediately who, upon receipt will advise you to instruct a Solicitor to work with them.

You are free to choose whichever solicitor you wish but the EEA are associated with Bindmans LLP  who will, if appropriate, continue to instruct the barrister with whom you have already dealt.

You may ask another solicitor to do the same but there is no guarantee that this will happen. The solicitior will undertake the following work: 

  • Take over conduct of the case and be your point of contact with the court and the other side’s representatives
  • Correspond with interested parties on your behalf
  • Organise the process of gathering evidence and relevant paper work
  • Take witness statements
  • Put together a bundle for trial

Will I still need a Counsel? 

Yes, there will be certain matters that Counsel needs to undertake. Your Solicitor will advise what these are and when this is necessary. 

Who are 5 essex court?

5 Essex Court is a tier one barrister’s chambers with specialists in employment, tenancy, equine and public law.

Who are Bindmans?

Bindmans are a highly successful London firm offering a range of specialist legal services providing advice to providing businesses, charities, representative and professional bodies, educational institutions and individuals. 

Their teams work professionally, economically and creatively at the cutting edge of law, developing it to promote fairness and justice in the legal system and, where they can, in society.

EEA Members get a 15% discount on all employment services with Bindmans LLP. 


How They can help Equestrian Employers Association members?

As a multi-discipline firm, we have a number of different services which can help you in the daily running of your business. Alongside the employment team, we also have solicitors who can assist with other issues impacting your business, being regulatory, immigration and criminal (amongst others). 

Employment Advice

Employment law is complex and fast-moving, subject to frequent amendment from government legislation and case law. Workplace disputes involve people who have often worked together for many years and disputes, when they arise, are emotionally damaging for all concerned and a barrier to the smooth running of any organisation. Our Employment and Professional Discipline team is made up of nationally recognised experts in all aspects of this diverse area of law. 

Our services include:

  • Company ‘health checks’ to ensure policies & procedures are compliant with the latest developments in Employment legislation and sector-specific regulation.
  • Advice on equality and diversity ensuring compliance with all aspects of anti-discrimination legislation.
  • Advice on producing disciplinary and grievance procedures, and the application of policies to specific staffing issues.
  • HR support service providing on demand legal advice to HR departments or company directors and managers as issues arise.
  • Company restructuring, including redundancy, restructuring, TUPE, variation of employment contracts.
  • Employment Tribunal & Employment Appeal Tribunal litigation.

Whilst our primary aim is to assist our clients in preventing Employment Tribunal claims from arising, we are aware however that such disputes can arise regardless. In such cases businesses have been able to rely on our solicitors’ vast litigation experience to guide them through the Employment Tribunal process.  If you find your organisation in the position of defending an Employment Tribunal claim, our solicitors are able to provide a cost-effective advice tailored to the facts of the case and the needs of your business. We can also help you as an individual, should you be faced with employment issues in your own work.


While it is important to ensure your business is legally compliant, it is also important to think about you as the leader of the business and how you’re protected should the worst happen. Our private client team can assist you with your personal affairs to ensure your wishes for the business are carried out, should anything unexpectedly happen to you.

Private client

  • Creating a new Will
  • Updating or amending an existing Will
  • Wills and offshore trusts
  • Preserving wealth and minimising inheritance tax liability
  • Income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax
  • Trust structures and lifetime gifts

Public Law
Judicial review is the main tool that enables the Court to hold public bodies to account and determine if decision-makers have acted fairly, in good faith, rationally and only using the powers that they have for their proper purposes. It is also important that decision makers do not breach laws made to protect fundamental rights and interests such as the Human Rights and Data Protection Acts 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and EU law. If you suspect that a significant unlawful decision is about to be, or already has been made, legal advice should be sought as soon as possible.

Business Crime
As criminal law specialists we have honed our skills though decades of experience in representing clients facing the most challenging investigations. We defend in respect of investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority and specialist police and Crown Prosecution Service teams. We provide immediate advice and representation in connection with arrest, search and seizure as well as advising in connection with ongoing investigations and prosecutions.

Our immigration specialists are nationally recognised and are known for providing clear immigration advice, tailored for each situation and individual. We understand our clients’ perspective and work in partnership with them to minimise any stress or difficulties that may occur when moving staff and families across the world.

difference between a barrister and solicitor giving me advice?

A barrister, like a solicitor is a qualified lawyer. In many cases solicitors will go to barrister’s for specialist legal advice.

With the Direct Access scheme, clients can now work with barristers directly rather than going via a solicitor which gives clients access to quality advice at a lower cost.

What happens after first 30 mins?

If after 30 minutes it is felt that further advice is required such as drafting papers or litigation – terms and agreements will be drawn up and fees negotiated.

As an EEA member you will receive a 15% discount from the usual direct access fees.

Is the barrister on my side and sympathetic?

The barrister will give you impartial legal advice but we are your first line of defense and you are our priority.

5 Essex Court discount and services offered

As an EEA member you will receive a 15% discount from the usual direct access fees with 5 Essex Court. 

We can offer advice on Contracts of Employment, National Minimum Wage, Working Time Regulations, accidents at work, grievance and disciplinary, tenancies/employees as tenants.

Victoria von Wachter also has experience in specific equine law. Victoria has acted for the police, private individuals and breed societies in litigation and advisory work involving horses.


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