Hayley O’Brien joined Catherine Henry Lawyers as a paralegal in 2016 and was appointed as a Solicitor to the health law team in 2017.
Hayley completed a Bachelor of Social Science in 2015 and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2016 at the University of Newcastle. She completed her Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law and was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW in May 2017.
She represented the University of Newcastle in the NSW Intervarsity Client Interviewing Competition in 2016. She was a finalist in the Gilbert and Tobin Client Interviewing Competition in 2015 and 2014.
Since joining Catherine Henry Lawyers, Hayley has focused almost exclusively on medical negligence matters. She has acted for clients in a variety of matters including plastic surgery, emergency medicine, gynaecological, orthopaedic and psychiatric injury claims.
In addition to medical negligence, Hayley has also gained experience in elder abuse and debt recovery.
“When people’s physical or mental health are suddenly or unexpectedly taken away, it can affect every aspect of their lives. They may find themselves unable to work, care for themselves or their loved ones, pursue their interests or cope financially.
My philosophy is to appreciate the challenges faced by each individual client and ensure they understand and receive their fair share of compensation for the damage caused by another’s negligence.”
- Law Society of NSW
- Newcastle Law Society
Hayley’s interests include scuba diving, cooking, travelling and animal welfare.