Category: About Us

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. The firm was a finalist in the Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards in 2014 and 2017.


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.

Hazel sits on the NZ Law Society ACC Committee.

In 2014, Hazel was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

Ben Thompson: Partner

Ben specialises in ACC and employment law. He is an experienced litigator in both New Zealand and the UK.

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.

Ben sits on the New Zealand Law Society ACC Committee.

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.


Cory Bourne: Lawyer

Cory is a law graduate from Victoria University. He has been with the firm for many years as a law clerk, while studying.

Cory was admitted to the Bar in December 2017.

He is specialising in ACC law. Cory is a supervised legal aid provider.

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.

Hope Farquhar

Hope has joined the Hazel Armstrong Law team, based in Tauranga. She completed her Law and Arts Degrees at Victoria University of Wellington.

Hope is assisting clients in employment and ACC matters. She is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.


Erin Dallas: Clerk

Erin is in her 5th and final year at Victoria University. She has been with the firm since November 2017.

She is the first point of contact for potential new clients. To get in contact with the firm email


Felix Drissner-Devine

Felix is a student at Victoria University of Wellington. He is in his penultimate year of a conjoint degree in Law and Arts, majoring in History. He has been at a Clerk Hazel Armstrong Law since May 2018.

Felix co-ordinates ACC Futures and is the contact point for enquiries.