"Sincere thanks for a successful outcome to our case. We will be forever grateful and now look forward to a new chapter in our lives."
Catherine Henry is the principal of the firm and leads the health law team.
Catherine is well known and highly respected as a plaintiff medical lawyer, with more than 30 years’ experience as a solicitor, predominantly in health and medical law. Over that time she has successfully handled many hundreds of claims against health care facilities and medical providers, and has worked on some of Australia’s highest profile cases.
Catherine is a born and bred Novocastrian who returned to her home town over a decade ago, after having practised law in Sydney for almost 20 years. She was a partner at King Street Lawyers for four years, before taking over the practice and creating Catherine Henry Lawyers in 2009.
Before entering private practice, Catherine worked as a senior solicitor at the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission. In this role, Catherine investigated disciplinary complaints against medical practitioners, psychologists and pharmacists. She has also acted in health disciplinary matters for health professionals, including nurses, pharmacists and psychologists and has been a legal member of boards of inquiry hearing complaints against pharmacists.
Catherine has long been active in mental health advocacy for both adults and adolescents. From 2008 until 2011 she was a Legal Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
She was president of the Newcastle Law Society for five years from 2004 until 2009 and led the campaign for a redeveloped justice precinct in Newcastle. She also coordinated the Hunter Courts Working Party which aimed to keep the proposed new justice precinct in its current locale.
Catherine was instrumental in establishing the Australian Lawyers Alliance (formerly the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Alliance), the leading national association of lawyers dedicated to advancing the interests of injured people. Whilst still practising in Sydney, she was the inaugural NSW Branch of that association, a position she held for five years. Her commitment to those injured as a result of medical error continues to this day.
Catherine is also one of Australia’s leading experts in assisting chronically ill aged care residents – some of the most vulnerable people in our healthcare system. She is regularly asked to speak on aged care litigation and has successfully conducted a number of negligence claims against aged care facilities.
“I believe passionately in the value of the common law system in maintaining and improving standards of practice in the medical area.”
Catherine has successfully pursued hundreds of claims against health care facilities and medical providers, including litigation on some of the highest profile cases in the field. Her expertise includes:
- Medical Negligence
- Dental Negligence
- Women’s health and the legal aspects of reproductive medicine
- Aged care
- Mental Health
- Health professional disciplinary matters
Doyles Guide recommended Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyers (Plaintiff) 2017
Catherine is a member of the following organisations:
- Law Society of New South Wales
- Newcastle Law Society (served as President from 2004-2009)
- Australian Lawyers Alliance
- Women Lawyers NSW (currently on the executive committee)
- AvMA (UK)
- APIL (UK)
- Emily’s List
Catherine is in demand as a commentator on legal issues in local Newcastle media. She regularly presents to lawyers and community groups on health and medical law, and has lectured to law and psychiatry students at the University of Newcastle. Catherine regularly undertakes pro bono legal work and has been involved in several community campaigns. She has also served on a number of community boards like the University of Newcastle Council (2004-2007), Hunter Women’s Centre (2002-2005), Industry Development Centre (2003-2006) and Newcastle City Centre Committee (2004-2008).
Catherine has a teenage daughter and, when she’s not spending time with her family, she is an avid reader.
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