Hunter finalists in Australian Women in Law Awards

Hunter finalists in Australian Women in Law Awards

Known for how they champion women’s legal issues and advocate for gender equality in the legal profession, Catherine Henry Lawyers has also now been announced as a finalist in the Australian Women in Law Awards for the second year running.

Catherine Henry Lawyers Principal, Catherine Henry is a finalist for Thought Leader of the Year and Senior Associate in Elder Law, Tanya Chapman is a finalist for the Innovator of the Year Award.

Catherine said it is an honour for her and Tanya to be recognised among Australia’s top female lawyers.

She has followed in her late mother’s footsteps, following the mantra: if you want to effect positive change you need to take an active role – in thought and action.

“True equality for women is still a big issue in the legal industry and the broader community,” Catherine said.

“I have tried to make a difference by mentoring and employing female lawyers at senior levels, providing flexible work arrangements, and being an active leader in industry and community groups and causes.”

Catherine championed her firm’s sign up to the Law Society’s Equitable Briefing Program to promote the use of female barristers.

She is an Executive Member of Women Lawyers NSW and the Convenor of its Newcastle Chapter. Catherine also supports the University of Newcastle’s Empower program for female law and business students and uses the law to advocate on women’s health issues including abortion reform and vaginal mesh.

Tanya is being recognised for her work in developing and creating the firm’s Growing Stronger podcast.

The free podcast, and the firm’s first, informs the community about elder law issues so they can better protect themselves as they age and avoid legal problems.

The podcast has been downloaded more than 730 times and its per episode rates puts it in the top 50 per cent of podcasts.

“As lawyers, we need to be creative in how we convey legal information to help clients and the public,” Tanya said.

“The award would be recognition that community education is an important part of legal practice, that lawyers can play an important role in the prevention of harm and protection of people.”

Catherine said the accolades are due to the hard work, expertise, and enthusiasm of the firm’s talented team of lawyers, managers, and support staff.

“As a specialist health law firm, we have many female clients, but we advocate and use the law to gain justice for all people in regional NSW, particularly the vulnerable.”

Catherine’s leadership, legal acumen, and advocacy have already recently been recognised. She was named 2021 Newcastle Woman of the Year in the NSW Government International Womens Day Awards and awarded the national ALA Civil Justice Award last year.

In the 2020 Australian Women in Law Awards, Catherine was a finalist for the Executive of the Year Award and the firm was a finalist for the Boutique Diversity Law Firm of The Year Award.

The firm is in the running for a swag of other upcoming awards.

On November 17, the winners of the 2021 Hunter Business Awards will be announced at the Civic Theatre. Catherine Henry Lawyers is in contention for three awards – Excellence in Business, Contribution to the Region, and Outstanding Employer of Choice.

It is also is one of eight finalists vying for Regional Law Firm of the Year in the Australian Law Awards – to be announced on December 2.

IMAGE | Catherine Henry Lawyers Principal, Catherine Henry and Senior Associate in Elder Law, Tanya Chapman (left-right).

Catherine Henry Lawyers

The team at Newcastle-based Catherine Henry Lawyers are highly experienced specialists in health and medical law, relationship and family law, elder law, wills and estates, property buying and selling, as well as criminal and traffic law.

Their clients tell them that their lawyers are exceptional listeners, supportive and accessible. They make sure your voice is heard.

You can trust Catherine Henry Lawyers to give you robust representation and level-headed advice. That’s why they are the preferred referral firm for many other lawyers.

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