Hazel’s CV


Business person, qualified lawyer and accredited mediator. International experience gained through working at multinationals, as well as the provision of a virtual in-house legal service for startups and SMEs, continue to give Hazel an insiders’ view of the challenges facing businesses of all sizes. Providing day to day legal support across several continents, she has acquired a deep practical understanding of cultural differences across the world, and in different types and sizes of business. Hazel is recognised for her strong sense of integrity, her analytical, yet collaborative approach to problem solving, her ability to communicate with diplomacy in sensitive situations, her drafting of documents in clear, precise language, her negotiation skills and her ability to explain legal concepts in simple terms. She is multilingual (English, French, German, Polish) and a graduate of Cambridge University.

Professional Experience

2017 – 2019 (ongoing) Legal Strategy Consultant and Mediator; Legal Director at Edwards Lifesciences, Switzerland

As an independent “virtual in-house lawyer”, activities include

2012 – 2016 Danaher (Beckman Coulter), Nyon, Switzerland

Fortune 150 company with divisions that operate in the in vitro diagnostics, life sciences and dental tools sectors

Regional Counsel/Assistant General Counsel

As Regional Counsel, Hazel was accountable for working closely with senior managers to provide pragmatic legal strategy and compliance support for 4 Danaher divisions across the Middle East, Turkey, Africa and India.

As Assistant General Counsel, Hazel provided legal and compliance support to Beckman Coulter in Europe, Turkey, India, the Middle East, Africa.

2007 – 2012 SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH (“SPD”), Geneva, Switzerland

Joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Alere (formerly Inverness Medical Innovations) — leader in the women's health diagnostics sector and owner of the Clearblue brand

General Counsel

As SPD’s first General Counsel, a member of its executive team, and company secretary, held global accountability for developing and implementing the company’s legal and intellectual property strategy.

2002 – 2007 Inverness Medical Innovations, Bedford, United Kingdom

Multinational company active in the diagnostics and life sciences sectors (since 2007, known as Alere)

Joined Inverness as a junior lawyer and progressively took on additional responsibilities. Promoted to General Counsel, Consumer Diagnostics Division after 3 years, with global responsibility for the legal affairs of that division.

2001 – 2002 Iliffes Booth Bennett, Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Commercial law practice

Junior Solicitor

Advised on a range of non-contentious company/commercial matters.

1999 – 2001 Allen & Overy, London, United Kingdom

International law practice

Trainee Solicitor

Experience included seats in the litigation, mergers and acquisitions, communication, media and technology and tax departments.

Education and qualifications

Core Solutions Group, Edinburgh (2014) — Core Certificate of Competence in Mediation Skills

The College of Law, Chester (1997–1998) — Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Trinity College, Cambridge (1993–1997) — M.A. (honours) French, Russian and Law


English — native

French — near-native

German — fluent

Polish — moderately fluent

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