Andrew Kelton - SolicitorAndrew studied law at Cambridge – in the days before environmental law as a specific subject had even been ‘invented’ in the UK – and then spent many years pursuing his passion for the environment, and in particular rivers, in Scotland (as a self-employed environmental consultant), British Columbia (obtaining a Masters degree in resource management science) and the USA (working for New Mexico rivers non-profit Amigos Bravos), before (belatedly) qualifying as a solicitor with Richard Buxton Environmental & Public Law (Cambridge specialist environmental litigation firm). He has played significant roles in, for example, keeping salmon farming off the Scottish east coast, cleaning up a giant hard-rock mine polluting the Rio Grande with acid mine drainage, and (more recently) battling for rural residents in England and Wales against inappropriately sited HGV depots, food-processing factories, wind farms and motorsport facilities (where one of his cases is now going to the Supreme Court).
“Having spent so many years working in different parts of the environmental ‘world’, I believe one of the – if not the – most effective ways of actually achieving results ‘on the ground’ is by using the law. The law’s very purpose is to achieve finality in hotly contested circumstances, and with a bit of creativity it can be adapted to cut through many a tangled knot of vested interests, prevarication and people’s normal inclination just to take the easy way out.”
Andrew’s interests are flyfishing for salmon and trout throughout the UK (and abroad when possible) and other nature-oriented activities.
Cameron Hogg, SolicitorCameron joined Fish Legal as a part time Solicitor in October 2012 after practicing commercial litigation at Knights LLP in Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire for over 11 years. He says: “Working for a not-for-profit organisation like Fish Legal is like a breath of fresh air.”
Having been in private practice for many years, Cameron welcomes the opportunity to work within the community of interest that exists in-house at a membership association, and to focus primarily on the desired outcome on individual members’ cases. The not-for-profit element means greater freedom to spend more time with each issue and individual members.
Cameron has dealt with most aspects of commercial and civil litigation, acting for some household names, many OMB and SME firms/companies/partnerships, as well as private individuals on all kinds of disputes. He also has direct experience of nuisance and trespass cases and expects that experience to be useful when acting for Fish Legal members.
He goes on: “With limited resources, we still need to keep an eye on time spent on individual cases, so that it does not become disproportionate, and because we need to serve the needs of all of our members. Also, in cases where damages are claimed for our members, we record the time we spend so that we can recover some costs when we win. The more we can recover in individual cases, the more we have available for the ‘fighting fund’ for all members now and in the future, which enables this unique environmental organisation to take on the big threats to the aquatic environment and fisheries.
Cameron will deal with pollution, nuisance, trespass and other damages claims and undertake advisory work. He will also be dealing with environmental regulatory issues, freedom of information and environmental information requests and Judicial Review to name only a few.
Away from the office, Cameron’s main interests are motorcycles and music and a recently re-discovered enjoyment of cycling the canal towpaths of Staffordshire, where he lives. He is also looking forward to the next Fish Legal fishing trip.
Robert Younger, Solicitor in ScotlandRobert works part time for Fish Legal in Scotland. Robert is a qualified solicitor in England and Scotland and has a Masters (LLM) in Environmental Law from Kings College London.
Robert has worked for Fish Legal in Scotland for three years giving advice to Fish Legal members including Salmon Fishery Boards and the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards Robert has advised principally on the application of Scottish fisheries legislation but also sometimes employment law issues, company law and criminal law. One of the major challenges has been helping Fishery Boards to understand the impact of the Water Framework Directive, and Robert remains optimistic that this complex piece of legislation can be used to the advantage of wild fishing interests.
Robert is currently involved with the major issue of the damage to wild stocks of salmon caused by badly-sited aquaculture facilities. Unfortunately, the industry is expanding and is strongly supported by the Scottish Government. Fish Legal are actively looking at ways to use the law proactively help protect Scottish Salmon and Sea trout fisheries from further damage from aquaculture.
Robert is a keen fisher and is very aware of the issues affecting fisheries management having run the Rutherford beat of the River Tweed for many years.
Penelope Gane, Chartered Legal Executive and Practice ManagerPenelope joined Fish Legal in its previous incarnation as the Anglers’ Conservation Association (ACA) and is the longest serving member of the legal team. She studied for a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School and is now qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in environmental litigation.
Penelope runs a varied caseload involving both acute and chronic damage to fisheries from sewage, industrial and agricultural pollution, as well as advising members on a range of issues from poaching to rights of access. Penelope has been involved in some of Fish Legal’s more substantial pieces of litigation such as its Pride of Derby v Small Hydro Company and Canal and Rivers Trust case concerning a hydroelectric scheme on the Trent and the long-running battle for transparently in the water and sewage industry in Fish Legal and Shirley v ICO (and) United Utilities Plc, Yorkshire Water Plc and Southern Water Services Ltd.
Geoff Hardy, Advice Solicitor
Geoff has spent his legal career in the public sector, before joining fish legal in 2015, working for the CPS, the Environment Agency and local authorities as an advisory lawyer and a prosecutor. Geoff is also very experienced in information law having extensive involvement with Freedom of Information, the Environmental Information Regulations and data protection. Geoff primarily deals with research and advice matters but is anticipating utilising his experience as a prosecutor should suitable opportunity present itself.