Wild Justice to pay £10k legal costs over General Licences debacle

Will this be the wake up call Wild Justice needs to stop its incessant attacks on anything related t

Will this be the wake up call Wild Justice needs to stop its incessant attacks on anything related to shooting and land management? Credit: John Hitchings/Getty - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Wild Justice used the legal system to attack shooting & countryside managers; they failed, and must now pay costs at the maximum level possible

Wild Justice has been ordered to pay £10,000 legal costs to Natural Resources Wales (NRW) following their loss in the High Court earlier this month.

The legal costs were claimed by the lawyers representing NRW following Judge Jarman QC dismissing all three claims brought by Wild Justice on the legality of NRW’s general licences.

The £10,000 is the most available under the Aarhus Convention, which sets a cap on environmental cases.

Steve Griffiths, BASC Wales director, described the case brought by Wild Justice as without ‘foundation’ and the significant legal costs as ‘a wake-up call for the group’.

He said: “For two years, Wild Justice has used the legal system to attack shooting and those who manage the countryside. They failed on all three grounds of this claim and now the judge has ordered them to pay costs at the maximum level possible.

“This is another significant defeat for Wild Justice and the manner in which they lost has been watched closely by other organisations and communities who may find themselves in the sights of this group run by Chris Packham.”

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A newly set-up Fighting Fund afforded BASC the ability to cover legal bills, register as an interested party and add our voice to NRW’s defence.

Mr Griffiths added: “It was right for BASC to make sure shooting had a voice in court and to support Natural Resources Wales in defending their general licence.

“We knew from the outset that we would not be able to claim back our costs, but it was money well spent so that shooting could stand up to Wild Justice and show the countryside would not be bullied.”