Catherine is well known and highly respected as a plaintiff medical lawyer, with over 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.