National Farmers Union & T&G Stone Ltd v Secretary of State for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs & Natural England


Practice Areas

Public Law

Cases Citation

[2020] EWHC 1192 (Admin)

A very high-profile and important judicial review of the Environment Secretary’s decision to prevent the introduction of badger culling in Derbyshire in 2019, involving allegations that the Prime Minister and his partner Carrie Symonds improperly interfered in the decision-making process.

The High Court dismissed the claim on all grounds, holding that the Secretary of State was not bound by his own statutory guidance, that no substantive or procedural legitimate expectation arose despite the very late stage at which the decision was made, and that – even though the scientific evidence strongly favoured the introduction of culling in the county – the executive was entitled to a wide margin of appreciation in a field involving difficult and controversial political and ethical value judgments.

Nicholas Chapman, led by Sir James Eadie QC, acted for the Secretary of State.

The judgment can be viewed here.

Related Barristers

Nicholas Chapman

Nicholas Chapman
Year of Call: 2001