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Hazel was called to the Bar in 2001 following a career in shipping and overseas trade, during which she travelled widely negotiating contracts and facilities management services, holding a directorship in a multinational shipping line.

Hazel accepts instructions in both family and criminal matters.

FAMILY

Briefed in both Private and Public Law matters representing parents, children and the local authority in Care Proceedings in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court including adoption, placement and special guardianship applications.                       

In conjunction with her specialised criminal practice Hazel is adept at examination and cross examination of expert witnesses, and therefore in dealing with matters from inception, through directions to final outcome.

In Private Law matters her interpersonal skills are well utilised in contact and residence matters as well as injunctive relief, removal from jurisdiction and specific issue applications. Hazel regularly conducts conferences and undertakes written advices to assist busy clients in these matters.

Hazel is experienced in negotiation and this, along with her tenacity is put to good use in matters concerning claims on behalf of children (Schedule 1 CA 1989), financial orders and co-habitation disputes including ToLATA claims.

CRIME

Hazel specialises in animal cruelty cases, prosecuting regularly for the RSPCA throughout the UK.

Having particular knowledge of cases involving wild birds she has successfully prosecuted a number of high profile cases involving trapping of wild birds and cruelty to battery hens, including cases on appeal challenging expert evidence and the burden of proof.

Having been instructed in numerous cases involving the examination and cross examination of expert witnesses, Hazel has acquired significant knowledge of animal and bird welfare, veterinary intervention and terminology that assists in presenting a coherent case.

INTERESTS

Travel, all things Austrian, wine and a good book.