Supreme Court ruling ends centuries-old fisheries dispute


A Supreme Court ruling has brought to an end a legal battle whose origins pre-date the Magna Carta, marking a historic victory for the fishing industry and its legal team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors.

The dispute over the private Le Strange fishery on the eastern side of The Wash has led to countless legal cases and challenges, but none of those has until now progressed to the Supreme Court – the highest court in the land.

Andrew Oliver, pictured, partner at Andrew Jackson, began working on the case in 2007, drawing on knowledge gleaned through years of involvement with specialist fisheries law, as well as experience relating to marine environment law.

He said: “This ruling from the highest court in the land now ensures that valuable fishing grounds are preserved for local fishermen in The Wash both now and in the future.  It is to be hoped that the estate will now work with the local fishing fleet to agree a workable boundary between the private fishery and the public fishery based on the criteria laid down by the Court, without the need for further litigation.”

Mark Pearson-Kendall, managing partner of Andrew Jackson, said: – “This ruling is a watershed moment for the fishing industry in England and Wales. I congratulate Andrew and his team on a great result for the client and the firm.

“It’s been a great year for Andrew Jackson, with strong national recognition across our departments, so I’m very proud to see this continue with this announcement.”