Hazel Boland-Shanahan


Hazel is a solicitor within the Dispute Resolution team, specialising in construction law.

Hazel deals with a range of both contentious and non-contentious construction matters.

On the contentious side, Hazel advises on claims for extensions of time, loss and expense, variations and defects and has acted for employers, main contractors and consultants. She also has experience of the most common methods of dispute resolution in construction, from adjudication to arbitration, as well as mediation, of various sizes. 

On the non-contentious side, Hazel has experience in preparing, advising on and negotiating both industry standard form and bespoke construction documents.

Notable cases

Many of Hazel’s cases have involved arbitration and adjudication which, being private processes, are confidential. However, without giving too much away, she recently represented (as the main fee earner) a Claimant in an arbitration involving fraud against a large claims consultant in the construction industry, which succeeded.

Education and Career

Hazel read History at Royal Holloway University before converting to law and undertaking the GDL and LPC at the College of Law, Bloomsbury. Hazel then trained as a solicitor at Birketts LLP and worked at Decimus Fearon LLP.

Out of the office

Hazel loves a challenge, especially when it involves a peak, and has trekked a couple of mountains, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Everest base camp and the Himilayas. She has also completed a few challenges nearer home, namely the 3 peaks challenge and the Walking with the Wounded Cumbria challenge in 2014 and 2015. She raised a substantial amount of money each time for various charities and is looking forward to the next peak!

At present Hazel is slowly getting better at skiing and understanding German, but she’s got some way to go. When she gets the chance, she likes to travel and see how the rest of the world lives.