Combined Sewage Overflow

In 2015, Fish Legal won a landmark legal case that gave the public a right to information about private water companies' impact on the environment



In the last 15 years we have won over £2,000,000 in compensation for our members impacted by pollution. We have taken the Government to court and changed the law 7 times. We have fought 140 legal cases on behalf of members and advised members on 181 planning threats to fisheries.




Fish Legal (previously known as the Anglers’ Conservation Association, founded in 1948) was set up to protect all inland and coastal waters in the United Kingdom from pollution and other environmental damage. Fish Legal builds on over 70 years of experience in using the law to fight polluters. Its reputation was established in the landmark legal case, taken in its previous capacity as the Anglers’ Conservation Association (ACA), commonly known by the name of the angling club: the ‘Pride of Derby’.


The Angling Trust and Fish Legal Annual General Meetings 2022

This year’s AGM will be a return to an in person meeting and will be held on Saturday 26th November 2022 at Barston Lakes, Solihull.  Details about the meeting, agenda items and selecting seminars to attend will be sent to members in due course.  If you have any questions in the meantime please email [email protected]


Fish Legal rules

Fish Legal is a membership association that is governed by a set of Rules, a full copy of which are viewable here:



Meet the team


We have a small team of lawyers – both English and Scots-qualified – who are dedicated to winning cases on behalf of our members across the UK.





Fish Legal’s 2022-23 approved accounts are available here.


Meet the Committee


The broad policy, financial and managerial concerns of Fish Legal are overseen by the Fish Legal Committee.


Working with the Angling Trust

Fish Legal is united in a collaborative relationship with the Angling Trust, the national representative and governing body for angling in England.  Our legal cases complement the Angling Trust’s campaigns and lobbying activities to protect fish and fishing.   Joint membership packages with the Angling Trust are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries and other categories.


Fish Legal Vacancies


Want to work for Fish Legal? See our latest vacancies.