Marine Law & Ocean GOvernance

Examples of the type of work undertaken include:

Marine conservation

  • advising the Ascension Island Government on the designation, implementation and management of Ascension's Marine Protected Area (MPA) 

  • advising on biosecurity policy and legislation in British Overseas Territories

  • complying with marine conservation and environmental protection legislation, including byelaws relating to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs)

International marine policy and ocean governance

  • reviewing obligations under international treaties such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (the OSPAR Convention), and the IMO's Implementation of IMO Instruments Code III Code

  • advising on ship registry issues for a Category 2 ship registry 

  • drafting agreements establishing obligations under ICCAT 

  • providing marine law and policy briefings and training

Fisheries and aquaculture

  • advising on fisheries policy and legislation in British Overseas Territories

  • advising on the Common Fisheries Policy, fisheries quota management and fishing rights

  • aquaculture regulation and issues relating to invasive non-native species (INNS)​​​

Ports and harbours

  • reviewing statutory harbour authority (SHA) powers and duties

  • advising on harbour revision, harbour empowerment and harbour closure orders​

  • providing pilotage advice for competent harbour authorities (CHAs)

  • advising in relation to harbour works, river works licenses and other required consents

Marine licensing

  • advising on applications for marine licences under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009​

  • appealing or otherwise challenging decisions by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO):

    • to refuse to grant an application for a marine licence

    • to issue an enforcement notice

    • to vary, suspend or revoke a marine licence

  • where a party other than the applicant wishes to challenge an MMO decision to grant a marine licence application, judicial review proceedings will need to be brought​

Marine planning & marine energy

  • advising on coastal development, marine planning and integrated coastal zone management

  • marine energy, submarine cables and seabed ownership

  • Development Consent Orders (DCOs) and deemed marine licenses

  • initiating and responding to judicial review challenges and public inquiries

  • advising on the management plan for a 100% Marine Protected Area