A&O attacks 1949 Parliament Act for Countryside Alliance

Allen & Overy (A&O) is taking up the fight for hunting on behalf of the Countryside Alliance, Lawyer 2B can reveal.

Litigation partner Andrew Clark has been instructed by the alliance in its attempt to have the 1949 Parliament Act repealed. Brick Court Cham-bers Sir Sydney Kentridge QC has also been instructed as lead counsel, supported by Richard Lissack QC of Outer Temple Chambers.
Following the use of the Parliament Act to force a ban on hunting last month (17 November), an application for judicial review is being filed at the High Court. A hearing is expected early next year.

The Countryside Alliance contends that, because the 1911 Parliament Act was used to introduce the 1949 act, this means the 1911 act was effectively amending itself something that should not have been done.

If successful, acts of Parliament, including the Age of Homosexual Consent Act 2000, the European Parliam-entary Elections Act 1999 and the War Crimes Act 1991, will also be overturned. These wereallforcedthrough Parliament using the 1949 act.

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

A Countryside Alliance spokesmansaid:Were prepared in both cases to take it as far as it is possible.

The application for judicial review is in the names of the Countryside Alliance chairman and a former law student John Jackson, Bicester Hunt member Patrick Martin from Oxfordshire and Mair Hughes, wife of the master of the Llangeinor Hunt, who is also a farrier from Gilfach Goch in Mid Glamorgan.