Hazel Hobbs

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Hazel Hobbs

"A rising star. "

2019

"Was very impressed and, importantly, so was client."

2019

"We felt quite at ease talking with her. Would certainly recommend her to others. "

2019

"Hazel really fought our corner. "

2019

"We have used Hazel Hobbs on several occasions and have been impressed at her handling of various cases we have put to her and Hazel’s excellent communication skills both with ourselves and our clients."

Client, 2017

"A fearless advocate."

2019

"Hazel is always a real pleasure to deal with."

Client, 2017

Practice Overview

Hazel practises predominantly in commercial and property law with her main areas of interest company law and insolvency complimenting her experience in the tax and accountancy industry. Hazel previously dealt with both personal and corporate taxation whilst being a partner in her family’s tax and accountancy firm. In particular Hazel’s in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of a range of different businesses enables her to tailor her approach to each client’s specific needs. Hazel always endeavours to put her clients at ease in their stressful journey throughout litigation.

Hazel is a seasoned advocate and prides herself on meticulous preparation and her ability to think on her feet. Her previous experience practising in criminal law has given her extensive experience in advocacy and working under pressure. Hazel has received awards for her advocacy abilities including a bursary from the Criminal Bar Association for an “outstanding performance in advocacy.” Before coming to the Bar Hazel undertook a legal internship in Shanghai. Whilst in Shanghai Hazel’s firm dealt with large commercial transactions between the US and China.  Hazel also speaks conversational Mandarin which she was able to develop from her legal internship in Shanghai in 2014 and has continued to learn to date.

Hazel is currently working towards her Chartered Tax advisor’s qualification specialising in trusts, IHT and owner-managed businesses. This year Hazel will be undertaking a three month placement in Dubai at Al Tamimi and Co and the Dubai International Finance Courts. During her placement Hazel will be working on international commercial matters.

Hazel also accepts instructions in personal injury on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Hazel has acted in a number of mediations, having been instrumental in obtaining settlement and helping her clients to achieve their specific goals. Hazel’s background in tax and accountancy allows her to obtain a quick and in-depth understanding of the evidence, ensuring that she obtains a workable settlement for her clients. Hazel has also undertaken a number of adjudications, from consumer based to the construction industry adjudication process.

Commercial Chancery

Hazel has acted in a number of contentious and non-contentious company law matters including resurrection of companies, breach of directors duties and bona vacantia property.

Hazel accepts instructions in insolvency matters, Hazel’s primary interest is in corporate insolvency in relation to SMEs and has previously assisted in advising a creditor involved in a large German corporate insolvency case. In addition Hazel has also advised creditors in a high value CVL in relation to the insolvency of a large development company, which combined issues of wrongful trading and preferences. Hazel has also dealt with matters involving pre-pack agreements and assignment of assets. Hazel further assists in matters of personal insolvency, acting and advising in cases involving IVAs, bankruptcy and statutory demands.

Hazel has a breadth of experience dealing with commercial matters having advised in a number of contractual disputes involving ROT clauses, guarantees, recession, repudiatory breaches, fraud and misrepresentation.

Hazel accepts instructions in both contentious and non-contentious taxation matters including IHT, trusts and estates taxation, corporation tax, personal taxation, capital gains and VAT.

Property

Hazel has a wealth of experience in landlord and tenant law, acting for both tenants and landlords. She currently undertakes the “Shelter List” through the Court Duty scheme which provides a free legal advice service for people who may be at risk of losing their home. This has given Hazel a vast amount of experience in the social housing sector, including ASB injunctions. This experience has enabled Hazel to anticipate an array of potential defences that may be raised against her landlord clients. Hazel has also acted in appeals against local authority homelessness decisions and appeals against possession orders.

Hazel has experience in commercial landlord and tenant matters, including forfeiture, breach of covenant, injunctions and service charge disputes in both the County Court and the First Tier Property Tribunal. Additionally, Hazel has advised and acted in numerous real property law matters involving easements, boundary disputes, access to neighbouring land disputes and adverse possession matters.

Trusts, Probate, Estates & Private Client

Hazel advises in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She is able to advise her clients in estate planning, IHT and taxation of trusts. Hazel has strong working knowledge of offshore trusts and their application to taxation in the UK. Hazel receives regular instructions in Will disputes and has acted in a number of cases involving testamentary capacity. Hazel has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in claims for a declaration of interest under TOLATA.

Local Government

Hazel regularly represents a number of local authorities in a plethora of areas, including regulatory prosecutions, landlord and tenant disputes, enforcement proceedings and contractual disputes.

Hazel has also undertaken training workshops for local authorities and is able to provide bespoke training packages in any of her areas of practice on request.

Reported cases

A v P [2018] – Hazel was successful in bringing the first claim for an order for sale by a local authority in relation to benefit fraud.

Regina v H [2018]- Hazel successfully obtained a declaration of interest on behalf of an interested third party in proceeds of crime proceedings.