Lara Moore



Lara is a Partner in the Risk & Regulation team, specialising in marine licensing and marine regulation (including Harbour Orders). She leads our Marine and Transport team which is nationally recognised for its expertise in Ports, Harbours and Coastal Development.

Lara acts for a range of Ports, Harbours, Local Authorities and Developers. She regularly advises on multi-million pound developments across the whole of the UK and has been described by Maritime Journal as a pre-eminent marine licensing lawyer. Her expertise in Ports and Harbours is recognised by the industry and highlighted by her position on the National Council of the UK Harbour Masters’ Association.

As a result of her market leading expertise, Lara is also the consultant editor of the Ports and Harbours Volume of Halsbury’s Laws of England. She has won numerous academic awards, including the Sweet and Maxwell Prize for graduating at the top of her year at Exeter University. In 2019 she won a Women in Law Award (‘Real Estate’) and in 2020 she won a further Women in Law Award (‘Marine and Transport’). She is also ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ by Legal 500 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Lara has written for prominent publications including the Local Government Lawyer, Maritime Journal and Planning Magazine. In addition, she speaks at national conferences, including Investinblue, UK Harbour Masters’ Association Seminars and the British Ports Association Annual Conference.

Relevant experience

  • Harbour Revision Orders and Harbour Empowerment Orders: Instructed in relation to 32 Harbour Order applications in 2023 (including drafting).
  • Acting in respect of the St Ives (G7) Harbour Revision Order 2021 and the Clydeport (COP 26 etc.) Harbour Revision Order 2021, required to enable national security arrangements for world leaders and other attendees at the G7 and COP 26 Summits.
  • Successfully defending Littlehampton Harbour Board in respect of three section 31 Harbours Act 1964 challenges to the Secretary of State (including a 4-day Public Inquiry held in 2022).
  • Multi-million pound coastal developments: Advising in respect of marine licences, other marine consents (including Wildlife Licensing), Harbour Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders, the Public Right of Navigation and EIA Regulation 10 Deferral connected to a number of multi-million pound coastal developments.

"I consider Lara Moore to be exceptional. Her subject matter knowledge is at the highest level and she is regarded throughout the industry as an authority, particularly in port governance and planning – Legal 500 2023"

Awards and Accreditations

Legal 500 Next Generation Partner 2024

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