Fish Legal acts for members throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and has more than 60 ongoing cases. We also deal with hundreds of advice matters on behalf of our members every year on issues relating to angling and water law.
Meet the Fish Legal Committee
Dick Vincent, ChairmanDick is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has been the chair of Fish legal for the past four years. He is also a member of the Angling Trust Board which he joined in 2010, soon after retiring from the accountancy firm KPMG having been a senior partner there for eight years prior to which he had been a partner with accountants PwC for many years. Dick’s particular focus on the Board is Finance and Governance, and he chairs the Finance, Personnel & Business Continuity Committee.
Dick’s other Non-Executive roles include being a Member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of the Government Department UK Trade and Investment ("UKTI”) as well as being Hon. Treasurer of the Information Technologists Livery Company. Dick has a Masters Degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and has worked extensively internationally including the USA, Russia, Brazil, the Far East as well as across Europe.
Dick has been an angler since the age of four from when his father used to take him fishing on the Rivers Wye, Bristol Avon, Nene and Ouse as well as both beach and off-the-rocks fishing in Cornwall. In latter years Dick has developed his skills also in fly fishing, mainly on the Hampshire & Wiltshire chalk streams, though his fishing exploits have reached as far as the Colorado River and Thailand.
Mark Lloyd, Chief ExecutiveBorn and raised in Dorset, Mark's first experience of a river was, aged 3, the River Yeo at the bottom of his garden, where he first developed a fascination for rivers, fish and fishing. When the habitat of the Yeo was damaged by flood defence works he started, aged 10, a campaign to protect it. He read Geography at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford and then completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Water Management at Cranfield before volunteering to start a project in London to restore the capital's rivers and canals in 1994. The project succeeded in engaging tens of thousands of volunteers to haul rubbish out of the tidal Thames, create new wildlife habitats and clean up derelict areas. By 2005 Thames21 had become a registered charity, employing 20 staff, of which he was the Chief Executive.
Mark then moved to Herefordshire to run the Anglers’ Conservation Association and has since led the unification of 11 angling organisations to form the Angling Trust and Fish Legal in 2009, which now employ 55 staff. The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. It is united in a collaborative relationship with Fish Legal, a separate membership association using the law to protect fish stocks and the rights of its members throughout the UK. It is fighting more than 60 legal cases nationwide. Mark is the Chief Executive of both organisations. He lives in South Wales near the River Usk and goes fishing whenever he gets the time.
George Stephenson, Committee MemberGeorge Stephenson spent 25 years in Africa running safari camps before setting up a highly successful business for Roxton Bailey Robinson arranging fishing expeditions throughout the world. He is also Chairman of the Save the Rhino Campaign and he now lives on his farm in Wiltshire which includes two miles of the River Nadder and a carp lake. He has been a passionate all round angler since the age of 4, catching coarse, sea and game fish throughout the UK and around the world.
In addition to being a member of the Fish Legal Committee, George is the current Chairman of the Angling Trust.
Andrew Wallace, Committee MemberAndrew Wallace is currently chairman of the Rivers Trust (England/Wales and N.Ireland) and Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS - Scotland). These are the representative bodies for the network of some 80 rivers trusts now operating throughout the UK which assist in the management and conservation of freshwater habitats, fish and fisheries.
He is a member of the Fish Legal committee and also sits on the management board of the Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards in Scotland, is a Vice-President of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, and is fisheries director for the Fishmongers' Company.
William (Bill) Howarth, Committee MemberBill Howarth, B.A., LL.M., MIFM, CE, FRSA, FCIWEM is Professor of Environmental Law in Kent Law School at the University of Kent and Programme Coordinator of the Masters Programmes in Environmental Law and Policy, and International Environmental Law in Kent Law School. He is a past Editor of the Journal of Water Law, author of Freshwater Fishery Law, Water Pollution Law, The Law of Aquaculture, The Law of the National Rivers Authority, Wisdom's Law of Watercourses (and co author of the 2011 edition) Flood Defence Law; co-author of Land Drainage and Flood Defence Responsibilities and Water Pollution and Water Quality Law; co-editor of Agriculture, Conservation and Land Use; consultant editor of Halsbury's Laws of England (5th Edition, Volumes 100 and 101, Water and Waterways (2009) and Volumes 45 and 46 Environmental Quality and Public Health (2010)) and author of over 100 reports, monographs, and academic journal articles on diverse aspects of water and environmental law. He is Honorary Legal Adviser to the Institute of Fisheries Management, the Regional Representative for the International Association for Water Law, a member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and the Agricultural Law Association.
Mike Heylin OBE, Committee Member
Mike runs an angling project for disadvantaged children, he is secretary of Boxmoor & District Angling Society Ltd., Director of the Dacorum Angling Project and secretary of Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative, qualified River Fly monitor and sits on the Colne Catchment Partnership, Director of the Angling Trades Association, Professional Anglers Association and the European Anglers Alliance and a committee member of Fish Legal. He was chairman of the Angling Trust until 2013.
Mike says: “It was Richard Walker who signed me up as an ACA member, saying, “If you only join one organisation in fishing, it has to be the ACA.”
Tim Goode, Committee MemberTim Goode was born in Beaconsfield, Bucks and has been based in that area ever since although he spends much of his time in Scotland and Cornwall. He went to school in Bucks and University in York and Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked in banking and financial services for his whole career. He is interested in all sorts of fishing but particularly barbel, roach, brown trout (both migratory and non migratory) and Atlantic salmon. He occasionally fishes for carp but having had several years as a serious carp angler now feels it worthwhile to have a life. His angling ambitions are for a double figure UK sea trout and a really big Atlantic salmon. His biggest regret is that on the day he caught his biggest roach he did not use bread as it would then have been a three pounder. His angling heroes are John Ashley Cooper and Richard Walker. His favourite authors are Cormac McCarthy and Robert McFarlane. His ambition for the Angling Trust is to see it having the same size influence and financial clout as the RSPB. His other interests are singing and visiting wild places.
Andrew Nathan, Committee MemberAndrew is a solicitor with the company Hextalls Limited having been with the firm for over 40 years under its various different guises. He is a litigation solicitor and deals with a variety of insurance liability claims for various insurers.
He is a lifelong angler and says that he cannot remember a time when he had no interest in fishing. Although no one in his immediate family fished and he is therefore largely self-taught, his mother was born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and two of her brothers (his uncles) were very keen anglers. It is therefore in his DNA... at least that is his excuse. Whilst he no longer gets the time to go coarse fishing as often as he would like he is as happy to fish a storm beach during the long winter nights for cod as he is fishing on the drift over sandbanks and reefs in the Channel Islands, fishing off rocks for mullet, casting a fly off the beach for bass or casting a fly on the Tweed for salmon and sea trout.
Happily he has passed on his passion to his son and they manage to fish together for a couple of weeks during the year up in Scotland, now joined regularly by another LAC member and close friend Nick Baldock. Andrew has Nick to thank for it was Nick who introduced him to and got him involved with the old ACA LAC and he has been happy to serve on the committee and as a board member of Fish Legal to give something back to the sport that he has gained so much from.
Andrew also sits on the boards of several charities and is churchwarden of a church in Bromley. In his "spare" time he has a keen interest in most sport, in particular rugby and is to be found at most home (and some away) games supporting Blackheath from the touchline.
Contact: Fish Legal - Eastwood House | 6 Rainbow Street | Leominster | HR6 8DQ | Tel: 01568 620447