Fisheries in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Secretary of State for Transport, ex parte Factortame Ltd (No. 5)
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Octubre 1999

    So this case cannot, I think, be described as one which went wrong due to inadvertence, misunderstanding or oversight. The critical issue related to the interaction between these articles and the Common Fisheries Policy. On this matter there was clearly a serious issue to be resolved. Different views had been expressed within government, and the Commission was known to have taken a view contrary to that which the Government decided to adopt.

  • R Nigel Mott v The Environment Agency David Merrett (Interested Party)
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 13 Febrero 2015

    The final sentence quoted above was explained as meaning that the number of fish allowed per licence was set as being approximately the 10 year average catch of the least productive of all the fisheries licensed. The practical result for the claimant is that his fishery of 650 putchers is given the same catch allocation as the smallest and least effective of the other putcher fisheries, which may operate 50 baskets or less.

  • Bloomsbury International Ltd & Others v Sea Fish Industry Authority & Anothers
    • Supreme Court
    • 15 Junio 2011

    In matters of statutory construction, the statutory purpose and the general scheme by which it is to be put into effect are of central importance. In this area as in the area of contractual construction, "the notion of words having a natural meaning" is not always very helpful ( Charter Reinsurance Co Ltd v Fagan [1997] AC 313, 391C, per Lord Hoffmann), and certainly not as a starting point, before identifying the legislative purpose and scheme.

  • Isle of Anglesey and Others v The Welsh Ministers and Others
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 20 Febrero 2009

    Where an Act has been interpreted in a particular way without dissent over a long period, those interested should be able to continue to order their affairs on that basis without risk of it being upset by a novel approach. That applies particularly in a relatively esoteric area of the law such as the present, in relation to which cases may rarely come before the courts, and the established practice is the only guide for operators and their advisers.

  • R v Secretary of State for Transport, ex parte Factortame Ltd (No 2)
    • House of Lords
    • 11 Octubre 1990

    In the circumstances I believe that the most logical course in seeking a decision least likely to occasion injustice is to make the best prediction we can of the final outcome and to give to that prediction decisive weight in resolving the interlocutory issue.

    Conversely, an authority acting in the public interest cannot normally be protected by a remedy in damages because it will itself have suffered none. It follows that, as a general rule, in cases of this kind involving the public interest, the problem cannot be solved at the first stage, and it will be necessary for the court to proceed to the second stage, concerned with the balance of convenience.

    In this context, particular stress should be placed upon the importance of upholding the law of the land, in the public interest, bearing in mind the need for stability in our society, and the duty placed upon certain authorities to enforce the law in the public interest. This is of itself an important factor to be weighed in the balance when assessing the balance of convenience.

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