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We have a number of vets who can offer expert opinions for insurance and legal cases. 

We also work closely with both bloodstock and sports horse insurance companies and are able to assist in insurance exams and advice with progressing and handling claims. Please contact David Dugdale in confidence.

Our Insurance & Expert
Opinion Team

David Dugdale

David Dugdale

Partner

Managing Partner

MA VetMB CertEP CertESM MRCVS

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After some time working in mixed practices in Hertfordshire and Malton, North Yorkshire, David joined Greenwood Ellis & Partners in 1989 and became a partner in 1995. He has responsibility for a number of Thoroughbred stud farms and racing stables and has a particular interest in the control of inflammatory airway disease in horses in training.

David obtained his Certificates in Equine Practice in 1990 and in Equine Stud Medicine in 1992. He held the position of Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Equine Stud Medicine for several years and has lectured regularly at the TBA Stud Farming Course, the National Stud and Cambridge University. David joined the Council of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) in 1998 and in 2008 became President. From 2012-2018 he acted as Veterinary Advisor to the Racecourse Owners Association and is Veterinary Advisor to the sales company Tattersalls. He is Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust. Since 2010 he has acted as Managing Partner.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Partner

Hospital Lead & Specialist in Surgery

BVetMed Dipl. ECVS DEO MRCVS European and RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery

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Matt is a 2001 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College. After graduation he completed an internship at Greenwood Ellis and Partners, before returning to the RVC where he undertook his residency in Equine Surgery. He became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007, and has been recognised by the RCVS as a specialist in Equine Surgery since 2008. Matt undertook additional studies resulting in passing the RCVS Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics in 2011. His thesis was on clinical applications of endoscopic techniques in orthopaedic surgery.

Since 2006 Matt has worked as a surgeon at Newmarket Equine Hospital, and in 2021 became hospital lead. He is interested in all areas of equine surgery, but with particular emphasis on orthopaedic surgery, and more specifically arthroscopy and fracture repair.

Fran James

Fran James

Associate

Specialist in Surgery and Sports Horse Medicine

MA VetMB DipACVS DipECVS DipACVSMR MRCVS

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  • Degree: Cambridge University – 2001
  • Internship: University of Pennsylvania – 2001-02
  • Surgical Residency: University of Pennsylvania – 2002-5
  • Lecturer in Equine Sports Medicine – 2005-08
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Equine Surgery – 2007
  • RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery – 2010
  • American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine – 2016