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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.

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

Her expertise includes:

  • medical negligence
  • dental & pharmaceutical negligence
  • legal aspects of women’s health & reproductive medicine
  • aged care litigation
  • assisting chronically ill aged care residents
  • mental health
  • health professional disciplinary matters

Catherine was a partner at King Street Lawyers before taking over the practice and creating Catherine Henry Lawyers in 2009. Before entering private practice, she worked as a senior solicitor at the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission.

Philosophy

“I believe passionately in the value of the common law system in maintaining and improving medical standards of practice.”

Awards

  • Doyles Guide in 2017 and 2018 – One of NSW’s top 16 medical negligence plaintiff lawyers
  • Finalist, Lawyers Weekly 2018 Health Partner of the Year
  • 2019 Hunter Business Club Award for individual contribution towards the greater good of Newcastle and the Hunter Region

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Women Lawyers NSW (currently on the executive committee)
  • Newcastle Law Society (President 2004-09)
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance (inaugural NSW Branch president)
  • 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 elder law and has lectured at the University of Newcastle.

A passionate advocate for both adults and adolescents experiencing mental illness, she was a Legal Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal (2008 to 2011).

Catherine is 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.
Catherine has served on many community boards and committees.

  • Newcastle Now (current)
  • University of Newcastle Council
  • Hunter Women’s Centre
  • Industry Development Centre
  • Newcastle City Centre Committee

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