When it comes to legal concerns around watercourses, there is no team more experienced, knowledgeable or approachable than our specialist Fisheries solicitors. Recognised nationally as the foremost firm in water and fisheries law, we work with clients large and small to resolve disputes surrounding the ownership and usage of water, as well as advising on the issues of access, drainage, flooding and pollution.
Boasting more than 30 years’ experience in fisheries, angling clubs, fish farms and all related water issues, our team represents an unrivalled level of expertise in the sector. As a result, we’re regularly invited to lecture and present to national audiences, including presenting to members of the CLA.
In addition to our involvement with the sale and purchase of fishing rights, we have long-standing relationships with the country’s experts in other areas of this field, such as valuers, environmental engineers and barristers. This allows us to assemble the very best team to handle your legal concerns.
We work tirelessly to resolve disputes in all forums: at mediation, through arbitration, in tribunals and at all levels of the courts. Recently, we were successful in judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court, acting for our client in respect of the Environment Agency’s imposition of restrictions on the number of salmon that could be caught. After years of litigation, the Supreme Court ruled to award substantial compensation to our client.
We also have a proven track record of representing and winning compensation for family-run fisheries, and our in-depth knowledge of sector regulations mean we are well-placed to advise clients in terms of applications to or claims by government agencies.