Lara Moore

Legal Director


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Lara is a Legal Director in the Real Estate Team. Lara specialises in terrestrial planning, marine licensing and marine regulation and is nationally recognised for her 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 board of the UK Harbour Master's Association.

Lara 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).   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.  In recognition of her market leading expertise Lara is also the consultant editor of the Ports and Harbours Volume of Halsbury’s Laws of England.

Lara's specialisms include: Marine, Licensing and Planning, Marine Regulation, Harbour Revision, Empowerment and Closure Orders, Marine and Transport and Planning.

Relevant experience

  • Harbour Revision and Harbour Empowerment Orders: Instructed in relation to ten 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 statutory harbour power advice and associated marine licence.
  • 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 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