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Hazel Leeson is a highly experienced litigation solicitor whose clients really appreciate her ability to achieve results through a mix of persistence, pragmatism, and a knack of getting straight to the heart of the issue.
Hazel has over 25 years’ experience advising insurance companies, business owners and senior managers, farmers, and individuals on a wide range of civil litigation and dispute resolution matters. She has highly specialised expertise in dealing with matters relating to fatal accidents and Inquests, particularly in higher risk sectors such as manufacturing, transport, and agriculture.
Hazel has also developed a specific specialism in animal-related cases (eg riding accidents, cattle trampling). She handled the successful defence of a claim to the Court of Appeal in 2021 (Ford v Seymour-Williams) involving severe injuries suffered by a groom who was trapped by a horse collapsing on her at a hunt – a claim defended in the High Court and upheld in the Court of Appeal based on technical arguments relating to the Animals Act 1971.
A farmer’s daughter, Hazel has lived and worked in Yorkshire over many years and, across her legal career, variously worked within departments advising insurers on defending claims as well as for regional legal practices focused on advising claimants on a wide range of agricultural and non-agricultural matters. As such, she is well placed to anticipate the likely strategy of ‘the other side’ in any dispute and so provide highly effective advice to her own clients.