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Catherine Henry, Founder and Principal

Catherine is a well-known and highly respected medical and aged care lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience in this specialist field of law.

She has successfully handled many hundreds of claims against health and aged care facilities and medical providers and has worked on some of Australia’s highest profile cases during her lengthy career.

Her expertise includes:

  • medical negligence
  • allied health care negligence
  • legal aspects of women’s health and reproductive medicine
  • aged care regulation and litigation
  • assisting chronically ill aged care residents
  • mental health advocacy, policy and litigation against mental health facilities
  • health professional regulatory matters

Catherine was a partner of Sydney firm Craddock Murray and Neumann and established a successful Newcastle branch office upon her relocation to her hometown of Newcastle. She then merged that part of the firm with Hunter based personal injury firm, unBHuKing Street Lawyers. In 2009, Catherine took over the practice and created Catherine Henry Lawyers in 2009.

Catherine has significant experience in the health complaints and regulatory area.  Before she entered private practice, she worked as a senior solicitor at the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission investigating and prosecuting disciplinary complaints against medical practitioners. She has also acted as Legal Member on both the Pharmacy Board and the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Philosophy

“I believe passionately in the importance of external regulation of health providers – whether through the vehicle of the common law or statutory regulation – and against doctors, hospitals and aged care providers. My role as a negligence lawyer assists those injured understand what has happened and helps to maintain and improve medical standards of practice.”

Awards

  • 2007 Finalist, Woman of Enterprise, Hunter Business Women’s Network
  • 2017 Doyles Guide – Top 16 medical negligence plaintiff lawyers
  • 2018 Doyles Guide – Top 16 medical negligence plaintiff lawyers
  • 2018 Finalist, Lawyers Weekly 2018 Health Partner of the Year
  • 2019 Individual award, Hunter Business Club Award for individual contribution towards the greater good of Newcastle and the Hunter Region

Memberships

  • Law Council of Australia
  • Law Society of NSW
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Women Lawyers NSW
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • AvMA (UK) and APIL (UK)
  • Emily’s List
  • Reference Group for Potential Elder Abuse (Hunter)

Community

Catherine is in demand as a media commentator on legal issues. She regularly presents to lawyers and groups on health and medical law and also elder law and has lectured in the undergraduate law course at the University of Newcastle.

Throughout her career, Catherine has been an active campaigner for people injured as a result of medical error as well as for abortion law reform and aged care reform.

She regularly undertakes pro bono legal work and has been involved in several community campaigns including leading the campaign for a redeveloped justice precinct in Newcastle and acting for Northern Parks and Playgrounds in the Land and Environment Court in the battle to save the Laman Street fig trees.

Catherine has served on numerous community boards and committees – both in Sydney and in Newcastle

  • Australian Lawyers Alliance (Inaugural NSW Branch President) (1995-1999)
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Commission (1999- 2001)
  • Women Lawyers Assocn of NSW (Executive Committee Member 1997, 2009) (Convenor, Newcastle Chapter 2009 to date)
  • Newcastle Law Society President 2004-2009
  • University of Newcastle Council (2004-2007)
  • Hunter Women’s Centre (2002-2005)
  • Industry Development Centre (2005-2008)
  • Newcastle City Centre Committee (2006-2009)
  • Newcastle Now (2018)
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