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Ashfords LLP

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Real Estate




Lara is a Partner 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 and, has recently been shortlisted for the Women in Law Awards 2019 (‘Real Estate’).  Lara writes for prominent publications including the Local Government Lawyer, Maritime Journal and Planning Magazine. She also speaks at national conferences.  During 2018, these included the British Ports Association Annual Conference and Investinblue. She was also invited to speak about coastal development at the 7th Annual World Congress of Ocean in China.

Lara’s specialisms include: Marine, Licensing and PlanningMarine RegulationHarbour RevisionEmpowerment and Closure OrdersMarine and Transport and Planning.


  • 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 ground breaking regional marine licences in England and Scotland.
  • 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.
  • Harbour Revision and Harbour Closure Orders: Instructed in relation to four Harbour Revision Orders in 2018 (including drafting). 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.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Planning

(Next generation lawyers)

Lara MooreAshfords LLP

Ashfords LLP has an established planning team based in Exeter and Bristol, whose expertise spans the housebuilder sector and advising public sector clients. Compulsory purchase orders, contentious planning matters, and coastal developments form part of the firm’s advisory offering. ‘Standout partner’ David Richardson is the practice lead, and focuses on residential and mixed use developments, community infrastructure levies, as well as CPOs and compensation work. Coastal and marine specialist Lara Moore, who was promoted to partner in September 2021, and legal director Duncan Moors are further key contacts. Stephen Humphreys joined the team in October 2021 as legal director from a previous position at Burges Salmon LLP.

South West > Transport > Shipping

(Next Generation Partners)

Lara MooreAshfords LLP

With ‘unrivalled expertise in maritime law, particularly ports and harbours’, Ashfords LLP covers the whole gamut of maritime work and fields particular strengths in harbour order and Brexit-related work, as well as marine licensing and regulation. Harbour dues litigation and high-value coastal development are further areas of specialism. Based in Exeter, practice head Lara Moore is praised for her ‘specific and detailed knowledge of port and harbour legislation‘ and her ability to draw from ‘in-depth industry experience’.