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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 represents a number of commercial judicial review claimants in their challenges to government and local authority policies; a leading example in this area saw Paul Stone handling Uber’s challenge to Knowsley Council’s licensing regulations. Procurement challenges are another strong point for the team, while Hazel Moffat’s public inquiry expertise is being applied to the Magnox Inquiry into the award of a £6.2bn decommissioning contract in the nuclear power sector. General public law advisory work is provided to a diverse range of commercial and public sector clients spanning the fields of transport and infrastructure (where the Department for Transport is a key client), energy, education, health and social housing.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

DLA Piper’s Brexit committee utilises the firm’s international footprint to assist UK and global clients. It is chaired by commercial lawyer Richard Bonnar and benefits from the expertise of Brexit director Paul Hardy, who has previously worked in Westminster and Brussels. The cross-departmental group draws from the trade, financial services, insurance, data, corporate, employment and tax practices and has recently been busy in the consumer goods and retail, manufacturing, food and drink, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and public sectors, including the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The group also recently advised Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on customs and excise rules and assisted Wilko Retail with establishing the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and sourcing models. John Forrest leads the international trade group, Hazel Moffat is co-head of the public law team and Andrew Dyson is the key contact for data protection work.

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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

The 'impressive' team at DLA Piper Scotland LLP is led by the 'highly experienced' Hazel Moffat and is well equipped to guide public sector clients as well as food and drink, manufacturing and energy industry players through the full spectrum of parliamentary and public affairs issues. Much of its work pertains to judicial reviews, public inquiries, government structures and regulatory framework draftings.

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