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Hazel Moffat

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Hazel Moffat has extensive knowledge of public law, public sector governance, parliamentary drafting and procedures, government affairs, freedom of information and data privacy.

Hazel has worked closely with central and local government, executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, industry and professional regulatory bodies as well as regulated bodies and private sector companies.

Hazel is a member of the DLA Piper Brexit Committee, which coordinates the firm's approach to the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.  Hazel is also a non-executive director of the Scottish Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Accreditation Panel for FOI and Data Protection; has been appointed to the First Ministers's National Advisory Circle for Women and Girls and was recognised nationally for her services to law at the Scottish Women's Awards 2018.

London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

DLA Piper 's practice covers judicial reviews and procurement law and it counts various public bodies among its clients and acts both for and against government departments and agencies. A client commented: 'It is an excellent, out-of-box thinking and client- focused team.' It is acting for Ocean Outdoor UK against the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in relation to a procurement process for leases on land either side of the M4 for the purpose of putting up advertising towers. It is also acting for Uber in a judicial review challenge against a change of policy by Knowsley Borough which would require drivers to obtain a local licence. Other clients include the NHS, the Department of Transport and Transport for the North. Paul Stone, who co-heads the group with Hazel Moffat, is noted for being a 'free thinker who is careful and has an excellent strategic mind as well as an eye for the detail.'

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

DLA Piper has leveraged its resources in the UK and internationally to form a global Brexit committee, which consists of a team of former politicians and government officials, as well as legal advisers; Richard Bonnar is the chairman. The firm enhanced its offering in 2017 by hiring a Brexit director, Paul Hardy, who has more than 20 years of EU law experience, and has previously worked in Brussels and Westminster. Before joining the firm, Hardy formerly served as EU legal adviser to the House of Lords, and as counsel for European legislation at the House of Commons. Working with members of the wider network, the UK-based team has been particularly busy advising clients from the financial services and insurance sectors on their Brexit contingency plans ahead of the UK potentially leaving the EU single market in March 2019. Melanie James is a key partner in the firm's work for insurance sector clients, for whom she advises on commercial, transactional and regulatory matters. She recently presented to the US National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the American Council of Life Insurers on Brexit. Legal director George Mortimer is another insurance sector specialist.  John Forrest, Hardy and associate Daniel Jones have been instructed by TheCityUK to produce a report analysing the possible structure of a future UK-EU free trade agreement, and the impact of relevant provisions on the financial and related professional services industry. Another highlight involved advising UK trade association ABFA (now UK Finance) on the impact of Brexit on the asset-based finance industry. Hazel Moffat, who is a co-head of the public law practice in the UK, is another key figure.

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Scotland: Public sector

Parliamentary and public affairs

Within: Leading individuals

Hazel Moffat - DLA Piper Scotland LLP

Within: Parliamentary and public affairs

DLA Piper Scotland LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėhardworking, diligent and knowledgeable‚Äô team advises corporations, in addition to regulatory authorities, government departments and commissioners, on the full range of public and parliamentary issues. Hazel Moffat¬†leads the team and has considerable experience in drafting interpretation and opposition bills going through the Scottish and UK Parliaments.¬† She is currently advising The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on its involvement in the Magnox Inquiry, which is looking into the award of the Magnox decommissioning contract by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and its subsequent termination. She continues to advise Heineken in relation to the potential implications of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, in addition to representing the client before government in order to address policy issues and drafting errors in the statutory Pubs Code before it goes live. Legal director James McGachie¬†is also recommended for his expertise in information law.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The experience of DLA Piper Scotland LLP's team in complex and strategically significant property disputes - across all forms of dispute resolution - is complemented by its ability to leverage cross-practice and cross-office support where required. Led by Alistair Drummond, the team acts for a broad base of Scottish, UK and international clients; names include Dreamvale Properties Limited, Heineken, Asda and The Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Drummond and senior Jennifer Talbot recently assisted The Coal Authority with raising a first-of-its-kind action for declarator over mining work in Kirkcaldy, which has caused subsidence in the area. Drummond and Talbot are also acting for Consort Healthcare (Fife) Limited in Court of Session proceedings against the contractors and independent tester in relation to defects to the pipework and heating system within the new facilities at Victoria Hospital in Fife. Drummond co-heads the practice with Hazel Moffat.

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