Collyer Bristow to take on Fox Hunters

Collyer Bristow is preparing to battle for the hunting ban on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports.

The League announced yesterday that it has applied for permission to make representations in the High Court case brought by the Countryside Alliance against the Hunting Act. It wants to prevent the injunction called for by the Countryside Alliance to prevent the act’s implementation.

Litigation partner Steven Heffer is acting for the League in the case. It is due to be heard at the end of January, prior to the hunting ban coming into force on 18 February.

Heffer said: “My clients had concerns that proper opposing views should be put to the claimants’ position.”

He added that full arguments were still being drawn up by both sides. Collyer Bristow has not yet retained counsel, but the League’s chairman John Cooper, a barrister at 25 Bedford Row, could well appear in court.

The Countryside Alliance is represented by Allen & Overy partner Andrew Clark, with Brick Court Chambers’ Sir Sydney Kentridge QC and Outer Temple Chambers’ Richard Lissack QC as counsel.