Lara is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Team. Lara specialises in marine planning, licensing and regulation and is nationally recognised for her expertise in Ports, Harbours and Coastal Development.
Lara frequently acts for port authorities, local authorities, developers and marine businesses on a full range of marine regulatory matters. She regularly advises on multi-million pound developments and was recently 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 recent election 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. She writes regularly for prominent publications including the Local Government Lawyer, Maritime Journal and Planning Magazine. She also speaks at national conferences. In 2016 these included the UK Marine Energy Conference (marine licensing for tidal and wave projects), the UK Harbour Masters' Association Spring Conference and the Marine and Civil Engineering Expo (Excel Centre, London). Lara has recently been invited to speak about coastal development at the 6th Annual World Ocean Conference in China and in May 2017, she spoke at the British Ports Association Local Authority Ports' Briefing alongside senior officials from the Department for Transport and Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
- Major coastal regeneration project: Advising in respect of a major coastal regeneration project (in excess of £500 million GDV), including the Harbour Empowerment/Revision Order, marine licenses, other marine consents and interaction with terrestrial planning regime.
- 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 a ground breaking ten year regional marine licence.
- Harbour Revision and Harbour Closure Orders: Advising in respect of a Harbour Revision Order application (including drafting the HRO). Advising a statutory harbour authority in respect of a potential Harbour Closure Order. Objecting to a Harbour Revision Order on behalf of a third party organisation.
- 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.
- Marine regulatory matters and disputes: Advising clients, including statutory harbour authorities, in respect of marine regulatory matters and disputes (e.g. existing statutory harbour powers, harbour directions, byelaws, prosecutions, vessel removal, open port duty, harbour/pilotage dues and other miscellaneous port related matters).
Due diligence: Advising in respect of marine planning and statutory harbour power due diligence on sale of major marine business.