Hazel is an associate in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution team supporting Emily Walton, Richard Hern and Rebecca Saunders on insurance and construction related matters.
Hazel advises clients on all areas of insurance law, with a focus on liability cover, particularly professional indemnity claims involving property and construction professionals, such as building inspectors, builders, real estate agents, architects and engineers.
With extensive experience in construction disputes, Hazel regularly acts for developers, head contractors, consultants and subcontractors on issues relating to delay and extensions of time as well as liquidated damages, retentions, variations and defective works. She has undertaken numerous adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and has a comprehensive understanding of industry contracts, such as NZS:3910, 3916 and Master Builders.
Hazel also advises on third party recovery claims and material damage. Her experience with Canterbury earthquake litigation and leaky building disputes has given her a thorough understanding of the technical issues that frequently arise. Hazel is experienced in working with and briefing expert witnesses.
"I enjoy working with my clients to problem solve their issues to get the best possible outcomes for them."