A&O takes up Countryside Alliance fight

Allen & Overy (A&O) is taking on the fight for hunting on behalf of the Countryside Alliance, The Lawyer can reveal.

Litigation partner Andrew Clark has been instructed by the alliance in its attempt to have the 1949 Parliament Act repealed. Brick Court Chambers’ Sir Sydney Kent-ridge QC has been instructed as lead counsel, supported by Outer Temple Chambers’ Richard Lissack QC.

Following the use of the Parliament Act to force a ban on hunting last Wednesday (17 November), an application for judicial review is being filed at the High Court. A hearing is expected early next year.

The alliance says that because the 1911 Parliament Act was used to introduce the 1949 act, this means the 1911 act was amending itself, which should not have happened.

If successful, acts of parliament including the Age of Homosexual Consent Act 2000 and the War Crimes Act 1991 could also be overturned. These were forced through parliament using the 1949 act.

The alliance is also planning an attack on the Hunting Bill using the Human Rights Act. A&O is acting with Doughty Street Chambers’ Edward Fitzgerald QC. The alliance says that the bill is deficient in not providing compensation for those affected by the hunting ban.

An alliance spokesman said: “We’re prepared in both cases to take it as far as it is possible.”