Combined Sewage Overflow

Over 89% of Combined Sewage Overflows discharge into rivers and many would go unnoticed if they were not being reported by anglers



In the last 15 years we have won over £1,500,000 in compensation for our members impacted by pollution.  We have taken the Government to court and changed the law 5 times.  We have fought 140 legal cases on behalf of members and advised members on 181 planning threats to fisheries.




Fish Legal (previously known as the Anglers’ Conservation Association, founded in 1948) was set up to protect all inland and coastal waters in the United Kingdom from pollution and other environmental damage. Fish Legal builds on over 70 years of experience in using the law to fight polluters. Its reputation was established in the landmark legal case, taken in its previous capacity as the Anglers’ Conservation Association (ACA), commonly known by the name of the angling club: the ‘Pride of Derby’.


Fish Legal rules

Fish Legal is a membership association that is governed by a set of Rules, a full copy of which are viewable here:



Meet the team


We have a small team of lawyers – both English and Scots-qualified – who are dedicated to winning cases on behalf of our members across the UK.



AGM 2020


Our next AGM open to both members and non-members alike, will take place on Saturday 28th November 10am – 4pm. It will be held once again at West Midlands Golf Club, The Lake at Barston, Marsh House Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull B92 0LB.

Details about the agenda for the event and assistance being provided with transportation will be available in the coming months. If you would like to register your interest in the AGM prior to this event please email

Copies of the notes from the event, minutes from both the (Angling Trust) and Fish Legal portions of the meeting and summary accounts can be downloaded here:-


Meet the Commitee


The broad policy, financial and managerial concerns of Fish Legal are overseen by the Fish Legal Committee.


Working with the Angling Trust

Fish Legal is united in a collaborative relationship with the Angling Trust, the national representative and governing body for angling in England.  Our legal cases complement the Angling Trust’s campaigns and lobbying activities to protect fish and fishing.   Joint membership packages with the Angling Trust are available for individuals, clubs, fisheries and other categories.