The founder and Principal of Catherine Henry Lawyers has been named as a finalist in the Newcastle Business Club Awards.
Catherine Henry joins Ian Jones, Ian Tresidder, Jennifer Parkes and Katie Brassil to be in the running for the individual award category.
Catherine said it was an honour just to be selected and wished all of the finalists the very best.
This is one of a number of recent accolades for Catherine and her team.
Last year the firm was a finalist in the Equal Futures Project Diversity Awards in the organisation category, and Catherine was a finalist in the national Lawyers Weekly Health Partner of the Year award.
The Newcastle Business Club Award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution toward the commonweal of Newcastle and the Hunter Region.
Catherine’s nomination said she contributes to the ongoing development of her profession and the Newcastle business community. She is a member and past president of the Newcastle Law Society as well as a past member of the executive committee member of Women Lawyers NSW and the convenor of its Newcastle Chapter. Catherine was the inaugural NSW Branch president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. She gives many guest lectures each year to other lawyers, community groups, other professional groups and students of the University of Newcastle. Her firm supports its Empower program for young female students.
She has served on business, educational and cultural committees in the Hunter including:
- Newcastle Now
- University of Newcastle Council
- Hunter Women’s Centre
- Industry Development Centre
- Newcastle City Centre Committee.
Last year Catherine initiated the Margaret Henry Memorial Lecture, in honour of her late mother. The inaugural lecture by founder of Renew Newcastle Marcus Westbury was designed to contribute to policy and discussion about the future of Newcastle.
She has achieved national recognition as an expert lawyer in health law and elder law, as well as an advocate in the aged care and mental health sectors and for women. Catherine has helped to bring health and medical law including medical negligence and other legal services to Newcastle and the Hunter – areas of legal practice that previously were only available in capital cities.