Legal Team


Michael Bower (Director/Solicitor)

Michael Bower heads up the Litigation Department at Waddington Turner Wall Solicitors (WTW) which includes his specialist area of Equine Law / Horse Disputes.

With a determined and competitive nature, Michael has the knowledge and relevant experience to provide the right kind of legal advice when you most need it.

He is also upfront about the pros and cons of taking legal action and the costs involved. If he doesn’t feel that a case is strong enough or that the fees involved outweigh the value of the case then he will tell you.

His involvement with horses means that he understands the emotional upset as well as the legal frustrations of the equestrian world.

For an honest and practical legal opinion call freephone 0300 303 2865.

Mark Hagyard

Mark Hagyard (Director/Solicitor)

With a vast amount of experience dealing with high value clients, Mark can provide legal expertise and guidance to equestrian business owners and individuals in relation to company law, litigation, and family disputes where there are corporate considerations and financial settlements.

As an ex-marine Mark takes a straightforward and no-nonsense approach to the advice he provides and takes a great deal of pride in the level of service he offers.

To contact Mark call freephone 0300 303 2865.

Myron Handzij

Myron Handzij (Director/Solicitor)

Myron Handzij specialises in land and property transactions. With many years of experience dealing with a wide variety of transactions for businesses and individuals including those who want to establish an equestrian business, expand their business or are fulfilling a wish to purchase their own land.

If you need to talk to somebody about the legal concerns and costs involved in purchasing a property then you can contact Myron on freephone 0300 303 2865.


Lisa Wood (Solicitor)

Lisa Wood is an experienced solicitor specialising in Litigation including Probate Disputes & Clinical Negligence claims with an extremely high success rate. As part of her role she deals with cases that involve equestrian related accidents and incidents this includes those caused by the inflation of air vests & jackets.

To speak to Lisa and get an honest opinion on your case call freephone 0300 303 2865.


Collette Baker

 Collette Baker (Legal Assistant)

Collette deals with potential and existing clients in relation to a variety of legal cases. A key part of her role is to provide administrative and client care support. She also takes on part of the cashiering role for WTW Solicitors.


Helen Chipman 2018

Helen Chipman (Legal Assistant)

As part of the Litigation Team at Waddington Turner Wall Helen deals with potential and existing clients in relation to a variety of legal cases. A key part of her role is to provide administrative and client care support for Michael.


Free Initial Enquiry

Michael would be delighted to explain how he can help. For your free, initial enquiry, please:

Free Initial Enquiry

Michael would be delighted to explain how he can help. For your free, initial enquiry, please:


Michael Bower Equine Law – Important Announcement

09.11.2018 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high demand for Michael Bower‘s services on equine related cases and being out of the office 19.11.2018 – 30.11.2018 he will not be able to answer any general horse dispute related enquiries or take on any new cases until after 10.12.2018. We apologise for any inconvenience this […]

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What our clients say..

Thank you so much Micheal for the solid advice you gave me on the abandonment issue I had at my yard recently.

Great guy and really helpful, with a true understanding of the horse world.

Highly recommended.

Michelle C – 28.02.2018   

Just wanted to write to thank Michael for his good advice today - no messing around, you listened and gave me sensible advice which actually prevented you from gaining a client! You told me what was what, talking in plain English not “solicitor speak” and directing me through my options.

I listened and did exactly what he advised, and I’m pleased to say I have successfully agreed an amicable compromise with the other side. This has saved me a small fortune, but more importantly made me realise that I needed to draw it to a conclusion rather than dragging it through the courts.

I would recommend anyone worried about being led down the path just to pay solicitors fees, speak to Michael. He can give you free advice, and that’s all I needed today - thank you.

Janice Dunphy – 27.02.2018   

Michael Bower is very prompt, and also extremely thoughtful about the client’s situation. When providing my wife and I with advice on an equine legal matter, he stepped us carefully through the options in a simple-to-understand way with only limited call on legal jargon. A very refreshing experience.

Jack Rickard – 25.02.2018   

Mr Michael Bower has been extremely knowledgeable and very helpful in a matter which could have been exceptionally difficult. He advised me sensibly how to handle the situation in the most effective and efficient way. I am very grateful for his help and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone with a complicated situation in both the property and equestrian sphere. I cannot thank him enough.

Ms Sally Eastwood - 14.02.2018   

Recently seeked some advice following the sale of a pony to an established organisation. Replied both via phone and email within 24 hours. Highly recommend.

Charlotte S   

Michael is a highly knowledgable very helpful person. Nothing is too much trouble. Would highly recommend him. His knowledge of horses and the law is extensive. Thank you for your advice today it's much appreciated.

Elaine S   

Great man and gets the results, thank you for our win in court, couldn't of done it without you.

Tracy W   

Thank you very much for your helpful advice, so nice to speak to someone who knows the law and has a passion for horses. Highly recommend!

Natalia T   

Thanks so much for your very helpful advice much appreciated highly recommended.

Dawn S   

Fantastic service from someone who understands horses and the law. Extremely personable and very easy to talk to. Would wholeheartedly recommend him.

Julia H   

Our family sought advice in relation to an equine insurance claim from Michael Bower earlier this year. His response was very helpful and precise at a very difficult time .

Mrs L, Skipton 08.12.2015   

***** went back to (the seller's yard) on New Year’s Eve - we are beyond grateful to Michael for everything he did - over and above the call of duty, and during his Christmas break - to make things happen in the timescales they did. I can’t speak highly enough of him, he was a total star. Practical and pragmatic, focussed on a solution/resolution, pleasant and cheerful to deal with and I’m sure (the seller) would say the same.

Mrs M, Grassington 07.01.2016   

Very helpful and was very pleased. Nothing was too much trouble. Lovely person to deal with! Highly recommended.

Tara M