We regularly act for estates, shoots and individuals over alleged firearms-related offences, as well as for individuals in licensing appeals.
- Stay for Abuse On 12 February 2015, Mr Ian Sleightholm, a grouse moor gamekeeper, appeared for trial at Northallerton Magistrates Court, charged with illegal use of a cage trap, taking a wild bird, namely a crow, and failing to meet the welfare needs of that crow and one other.
- Controlling Birds and Proposals for Trapping Proposed changes to General Licences could trap the unwary or ill-informed.
- Crow trap prosecution thrown out for abuse of process Cage traps are widely used by farmers and gamekeepers, perfectly lawfully, for controlling certain species of wild birds. In England, their use is permitted for certain purposes under General Licences issued annually by Natural England. Failing to comply with the terms and conditions is likely to lead to an offence, conviction for which prevents future use until spent, 5 years in most cases....