Specialists in Doglaw

Welcome to doglaw.co.uk

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At Cooper & Co, we specialise in advising in both criminal and civil cases involving dogs throughout the whole of England & Wales. We believe that we were the first Solicitor's firm in the UK to exclusively practice the law on dogs. The principal of Cooper & Co, well known Solicitor Trevor Cooper, represented his first dog owning client c.24 years ago – so we like to think we have a considerable ‘pedigree’!!!

Trevor Cooper

Nik Starmer-Smith

So what is 'Doglaw'?

Are you being prosecuted for having a dangerous dog?

This can apply if your dog is accused of injuring a person or assistance dog, or even if it has made a person reasonably believe that the dog would do so. We are also experts in breed specific legislation and livestock worrying allegations. Don’t delay — contact us now for legal help with cases under:-

We have many years of experience in representing clients in these cases throughout England and Wales and have acted in proceedings held in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), High Court (Case Stated and Judicial Review), European Court of Human Rights and the Criminal Cases Review Commission.


Check out the above tab "How we can help" which explains the various ways in which you can contact us.

For all other dog related legal queries


The kind of cases that we can advise on include:-

  • Ownership (Custody) / access disputes (‘tug of love’ cases)
  • Disputes between breeders and buyers
  • Disputes between rescues and owners / former owners
  • Defending personal injury claims
  • Damages claims (dog on dog, dog on other animal, or dog damaging property)
  • Claims against vets
  • Dog Control Orders / Public Spaces Protection Orders
  • Community Protection Notices
  • Noise Nuisance

    Check out the above tab “How we can help” which explains the various ways in which you can contact us.


    We are also able to advise and represent professionals, including:-

  • Dog walkers
  • Pet Sitters
  • Behaviourists
  • Trainers
  • Groomers
  • Boarding Kennels
  • Home Boarders
  • Rescues / Shelters
  • Vets / Vet Nurses
  • Licensed Breeders

    Check out the above tab "How we can help" which explains the various ways in which you can contact us.


    We provide bespoke seminars for Councils, the Police and for rescues. See the 'Seminars' section for more information.


    Full details of this membership scheme, including terms and conditions are available in their website
    or call 01227 469603
    or freephone 0800 999 3647.

    NB Doglaw Ltd is a separate business from Cooper & Co and is neither regulated nor authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.