Emily Woof



Emily is a Solicitor in the Business Risk & Regulation team, specialising in Marine Regulation as part of Ashfords’ nationally recognised practice for Ports, Harbours and Coastal Development.

Emily assists in advising ports, harbours, local authorities, non-statutory marine facilities, developers and individuals on marine regulatory and planning matters. 

A large part of the work Emily assists with involves advising on the Marine Licensing and Planning aspects of multi-million pound coastal developments, and draws on her Public Sector experience to assist with local authority marine-related projects (including the various approaches to structuring such projects and the concept of procurement).

Emily also assists in reviewing the governing local legislation of statutory harbour authorities and drafting Harbour Revision Orders to modernise said legislation.

Emily qualified as a solicitor in September 2023 after spending a year training in the Marine Regulation team. As part of her training, Emily also spent six months working in the Public Sector team. 

Prior to joining Ashfords, Emily attained a First Class LLB Law Degree at the University of Exeter with Dean’s Commendation. 

Emily has previously organised world class sailing events whilst working at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the home of British Olympic Sailing, and has an in-depth knowledge of the sailing community. Emily draws on this practical knowledge in her Marine Regulatory work.

Relevant experience

  • Working with Counsel and the client to appeal a Marine Licence Suspension Notice made under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
  • Working with Lara Moore to advise in respect of marine licence, other marine consents, Harbour Orders, and Transport and Works Act Orders connected to multi-million pound coastal developments.
  • Reviewing and advising Company, Municipal and Trust Ports and Harbours in relation to their local legislation, and preparing/progressing Harbour Order applications to repeal existing powers and replace with the modern equivalent. 
  • Providing ‘Duty Holder Training’ to a Municipal Harbour as recommended by the Port Marine Safety Code to the Duty Holder covering their responsibilities, the role of the designated person, and the risks of non-compliance.

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