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A dog is often referred to as a mans best friend and losing your dog is not something you want to contemplate. If you are prosecuted because your dog has bitten someone or is an illegal breed, you want someone with expert knowledge to represent you and get your dog safely returned home.

Felicity Coats and team are dedicated specialists in disputing and assisting in criminal proceedings following a dog bite or allegation of an “illegal breed”

Felicity can assist you if you have been invited to the police station for an interview, you have a court hearing before the magistrate’s court or wish to appeal any orders to the Crown Court.

The Criminal procedure can be a distressing time for any dog owner, Felicity will guide you through the procedure and advise sympathetically on all the options.  Using specialists who she has close working relationships with she always fights to get the best outcome for the owner and Dog.

Felicity has successfully defended allegations of dogs being dangerously out of control and has been able to persuade the courts to defer from imposing destruction orders on many other dogs.

Felicity works with organisations such as Deed not Breed and Bull Breed Advisory Service who provide support and advice to owners.

Should you have any Dog Law query then please contact Felicity at our Derby Office on 01332 372311 or by emailing felicity.coats@elliotmather.co.uk

Out of Hours Emergency Phone Numbers

Chesterfield - 07717802850
Derby - 07776240152
Mansfield - 07741592301
Nottinghamshire - 07741592301

Our Team

Felicity Coats

Felicity Coats

Associate Solicitor
Laura Cook

Laura Cook

Accredited Representative
Katie Hempstock

Katie Hempstock


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