Dogs...still mans' best friend?

Date: 21st September, 2023

Location: in person at 9 St John Street (first 40 people who apply) this will also be streamed live online.

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Since March 2020 an increasing number of dog attacks have been reported in the media. Some of these attacks have resulted in tragic fatal consequences. As recently as August 2023 a police horse was attacked by a dog causing the rider to be thrown to the floor before the horse bolted.

Precisely why there has been such an increase remains subject to some debate. It was well documented that dog ownership increased during the pandemic. Since that time new ‘fashionable’ breeds have entered the marketplace.

Whatever the reason the increase in the number of attacks will lead to an inevitable increase in the number of personal injury claims being brought and thereby defended.

On 21 September 2023 Victoria Rigby and Elizabeth Murray of 9 St John Street Chambers, Manchester, will be hosting a seminar addressing the issues surrounding these claims.


Victoria Rigby - Barrister
Victoria Rigby will give an overview on key canine cases over the last few years looking in particular at injury caused by dogs in the domestic environment, the step-by-step approach to these cases under s2(2) of the Animals Act 1971, evidence gathering and whether expert evidence is required.

Elizabeth Murray - Barrister
Elizabeth Murray will address similar issues concerning dogs in the working environment, with particular emphasis on police dog claims.

Phil Barnes - Barrister
Phil Barnes, a member of the criminal team at 9 St John Street, will be offering his insight into how the courts approach cases arising under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Dr Candy d’Sa BSc (Hons) MSc PhD CCAB
Consultant and Expert Witness in Animal Behaviour Candy has considerable experience in treating behavioural problems with dogs and is increasingly in demand to provide independent technical analysis on dog behaviour. She will provide a unique expert perspective on the evidence required in dog bite/attack claims.

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If you would like book on the FREE remote event then please email

You will receive a link to the webinar 24 hours before broadcast – the link will come to you on the afternoon before the event.

If you are unable to attend this webinar, but would like a recording after the event, please email or call 0161 955 5161.