Lara Moore



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Lara is a Partner in the Business Risk & Regulation Team specialising in terrestrial planning, 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 election (by industry) on to 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.

Lara writes 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.

Lara's specialisms include: Ports and Harbours, Marine Licensing and Planning, Marine Regulations, Harbour Revision, Empowerment and Closure Orders, Freeports and Planning.

Relevant experience

  • Harbour Revision and Harbour Empowerment Orders: Instructed in relation to eleven Harbour Order applications in 2020 (including drafting).
  • New Ferry Terminal: Advising and acting for a government department in connection with the construction of a new Ferry Terminal in a UK port, including marine licensing, EIA deferrals and statutory harbour power related advice.
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI): Advising and acting for the RNLI in respect of the charity's marine licensing requirements for maintenance of all existing infrastructure across the UK (in excess of 240 sites). Successfully secured the grant of ground breaking regional marine licences in England, Wales, and Scotland.
  • Multi-million pound coastal developments: Advising in respect of marine licences, other marine consents (including Wildlife Licensing), the Public Right of Navigation and EIA Regulation 10 Deferral connected to a number of multi-million pound coastal developments.

'Always available and committed to providing excellent advice and service. Unsurpassed in my experience’ - Legal 500 2021

Lara Moore is very well respected by her peers who operate at the highest level in the UK maritime industry and who value her knowledge and true understanding of the issues at hand.

Legal 500 2021