The legal dispute between Ben Maher and his previous horse owners Michael and Emma Phillips of Quainton Stud LLP has been settled. Michael and Emma Phillips filed two law suits against Maher at the end of last year, and alleged in one of them that Maher took "secret profits" on the sales of their horses during their long-time co-operation. The other law suit was aimed to sell their jointly-owned Tripple X III – that this spring was sold to Canada. Maher on the other hand claimed that Michael and Emma Phillips owed him money on services, stud fees and commission on horse sales. Now the case has come to a close.
On their website, Michael and Emma Phillips have released the following statement about the settlement:
"Michael and Emma Phillips of Quainton Stud LLP and Ben Maher have reached an agreement to resolve the legal proceedings between them. Michael and Emma Phillips are satisfied that the financial settlement made to them is an acceptable amount that takes into account all the remaining areas of dispute and their legal expenses. The terms of the settlement are confidential but Ben Maher recognises that Michael and Emma Phillips together with Quainton Stud LLP (of whom they are the sole members) were loyal owners who were instrumental in helping to advance his career to the highest levels in show jumping and for that he will always be grateful. With the benefit of hindsight, he accepts that there were aspects of his working relationship with them that should have been dealt with in a different manner.
Ben Maher wishes to apologise sincerely for any inconvenience, distress or embarrassment that may have been caused to Michael and Emma Phillips and is grateful to them for their willingness to allow the matter to be resolved. Ben Maher wishes Michael and Emma Phillips continued success in their show jumping breeding program and their high level of involvement in show jumping as top owners and breeders. There will be no further comment on this matter."
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