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About Us


Hazel Armstrong Law specialises in accident compensation (ACC) law, employment law, and health and safety law. Contact us if you need assistance in one of these areas. See below to find out more about our team members.

Hazel Armstrong: Partner

Hazel specialises in ACC, health and safety, employment law and professional ethics. She also has undertaken Inquiries on behalf of government and organisations, for example, KiwiRail and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union; the Minister for Tertiary Education; and in 2014, she was part of a three person inquiry into safety in the Forestry Sector. She has served on Boards as a ministerial appointee.

In 2014, Hazel was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. The firm was a finalist in the Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards in 2014.

Ben Thompson: Partner

Ben specialises in ACC, health and safety and employment law. He is an experienced litigator in both New Zealand and the UK. He is highly sought after for opinions on health and safety matters around private prosecutions under the Health and Safety in Employment Act and managing hazards in the workplace.

2014 saw Ben win Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards, and publish a book on accident compensation law, entitled Accident Compensation Act: Key Sections and Commentary, published by LexisNexis.

In 2015 Ben established a branch of Hazel Armstrong Law in Tauranga, as a partner in the firm. This gives the firm more coverage in the Bay of Plenty and the Waikato.


Margie Peterson: Accounts & Trust Accounts Manager

Margie joined Hazel Armstrong Law in 2003. She takes care of all General and Trust Accounts. She manages the office on a day to day basis. She liaises with clients around payment and billing, sending invoices and statements.


Cory Bourne: Law Clerk

Cory is a graduate from Victoria University. He is doing his professionals this year and will be admitted to the Bar later in 2017. He assists the lawyers.