About Parry and Welch Solicitors

We are a not for profit specialist firm of solicitors which specialises in all aspects of dangerous dog legislation and animal welfare. We accept instructions from anywhere in England and Wales and because we are a not for profit company we will not seek to profit from your misfortune. .

We have a proven record of success in getting seized dogs returned home and in challenging assertions by the police that dogs are prohibited dogs and have succeeded in challenging the unlawful destruction of dogs by the police in the High Court.

The Team

Our dog law team are all dog owners who understand the effect the seizure of a dog and the threat of destruction can have on a dog’s owner and their family. We work hard to ensure that you get the right outcome in your case as quickly as possible.

As part of our commitment to ensuring dogs are returned we have an excellent panel of expert assessors, advocates and police station representatives who work with us to ensure that we can help 365 days a year no matter where you are in England or Wales.

Our Commitment

We are committed to providing access to justice to as many people as possible, especially if you are on a low income and excluded from legal aid. We do not offer legal aid services as we do not consider that its fair that those excluded from the legal aid schemes should have to subsidise the cases of those who are assisted on those schemes.

We operate a 24-hour emergency telephone service also respond to emergency contacts by email or twitter.

Our focus and specialist expertise in relation to dog legislation is widely recognised and you can find out more about what our clients think of us by visiting our Facebook page. Or why not send us feedback about your experience with our services by clicking here.

James Parry

James is solicitor advocate and partner in the practice who specialises in dangerous dog law and court practice and procedure. He is noted as a robust advocate who is prepared to confront and challenge police misconceptions about dangerous dog legislation. James is known by our clients to be approachable and an effective advocate who achieves excellent results and by his opponents to be a tenacious and competent lawyer. He was described by Dogs’ Today magazine as a “special breed of lawyer”. James conducts cases as an advocate in the magistrates’ and Crown Court.

James is former chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee and remains an active campaigner for proper access to justice. He is actively opposed to breed specific legislation. He currently owns a rescued Lancashire Healer and a Lurcher.

Kate Welch

Kate is a solicitor and partner in the practice who specialises in dangerous dog law. Kate has particular experience in preparing cases for hearings in the Crown Court and in defeating police applications for costs.

Kate was the lawyer who prepared the case of an ill-treated dog which was rescued by the RSPCA only to be found to be type and to be threatened with destruction. Kate’s involvement with the case led to Missy being exempted to a former owner, despite objections from DEFRA.

Kate is known by her clients and opponents alike as a formidable magistrates’ court advocate who fights hard to get the results her clients want and has a record to match those expectations.

She too is the owner of two dogs, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier.

Notable cases

R (Ali and Others) v Chief Constable of Merseyside – successfully obtained a ruling that the Chief Constables decision to seize and kill uninsured exempted put bull dogs without a court was unlawful.

R(DEFRA) v Warrington Crowd Court – Successfully obtained the re-homing of a pitbull dog whose homeless owner could not care for the dog. Re-homed to a police community support office who had supported the dog and his former owner despite opposition from DEFRA

Prescot v RSPCA – Secured the rehoming of a dog nursed back to health by the RSPCA after being abused that then faced destruction because of her breed.