Kathryn Booth


Key practice areas: Medical Negligence
Qualifications: LLB, BEc
Location: Melbourne (VIC)

Kathryn Booth heads Maurice Blackburn's national Medical Negligence practice. She is an expert in medical malpractice law and practices exclusively on behalf of patients and their families.

She is a Law Institute accredited specialist in personal injury law and over the past 23 years has achieved hundreds of settlements for catastrophically injured adults and children due to medical negligence.

In 2012, Kathryn represented Darcy Hanssen, a Melbourne boy with cerebral palsy who received an out-of-court settlement to pay for his life-long care needs after he suffered complications at birth.

Her special interests are obstetrics and gynaecology and ensuring compensation laws work to benefit every day Australians. She is calling on the Victorian Government to amend legislation to expand Coronial powers to investigate still births.

Kathryn is often asked to present on medical law, and can provide insightful commentary on issues including Emergency Department and Hospital demand (the pressures that places on staff that can lead to malpractice and the impact it has on patients turned away), duty of care of doctors and problem doctors (malpractice), cosmetic surgery bungles, home births and baby deaths as well as IVF issues.

Kathryn was a board member of Maurice Blackburn for five years and holds a number of positions including:

  • Law Council of Australia working party on NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
  • Law Institute Committee on NDIS
  • Plaintiff Lawyer Advisor to the Federal Government on NIIS (National Injury Insurance Scheme) and Medical Misadventure
  • Law Institute Representative on Supreme Court Users Group
  • Chairperson of the Law Institute of Victoria's Medical Negligence and Public Liability Committee
  • Law Institute of Victoria's Litigation Lawyers Executive Committee.

Kathryn also lectures to lawyers and health professionals on the duty of care owed to patients.