Luc Schelstraete

Managing Partner

Luc has been practising law for over 33 years and in 1989 he founded Schelstraete Lawyers. Luc has developed the equine legal business as a niche and today he operates as the Managing Partner of the  firm.  In 2015 Luc initiated  the Alliance Group of European, US and Asian Equine Lawyers which has partners in more than 10 countries.

Luc practises as legal counsel of the VSN (Dutch Association of Sport Horse Dealers) as well as many highly ranked multinational equine entrepreneurs, trainers, equine authorities, national federations and top athletes.

In addition to his specialisation in equine law, Luc has broad experience in art law, international contracting and litigation.

Similar to the equine business, the art business is internationally oriented and is developing and expanding quickly. Luc has represented an array of international art dealers in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Luc has registered the legal practice area ‘Contract Law’ in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister). Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in this registered legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

“Horses and art have been my passions for decades.
I am blessed and grateful that the beauty of all this has become my professional dedication in the legal arena.”