This group consists of a dedicated team specialising in dangerous dogs legislation. This expertise includes civil cases brought under the 1871 Dogs Act. The team is experienced in working with experts in trials to determine whether or not a particular dog is of a prohibited breed, or whether a dog is dangerously out of control or caused injury. Members of the team regularly oppose - frequently successfully - the imposition of immediate destruction orders, and make applications for the return of animals to their owners under the Police Property Act.
Members appear in such cases at all levels, from the Magistrates Court, through the Crown Court, to the Divisional Court (by way of judicial review or appeals by way of case stated) and the Court of Appeal. Some members also have experience of drafting submissions to the CCRC.
Some barristers are licensed to provide advice and representation directly to members of the public (see Direct Access).
Team members have a deep concern for the welfare of animals and have therefore developed recognised expertise in the law that protects them. At the same time, many are committed to ensuring that this law is fairly applied when defending.