Hayley is a passionate lawyer with experience in litigation and compensation law. She is a key member of the team dedicated to Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ groundbreaking work achieving compensation for people who are a part of the Stolen Generations. Through this work Hayley has significant experience representing victims of historical sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
For Hayley, this work truly makes a difference to people, and goes beyond individual clients receiving compensation. As part of the settlement process, abuse victims receive a personal apology from the defendant institution or department, which means a lot to them.
Hayley’s practice also includes acting for people in a range of personal injury matters, including workers compensation, motor vehicle accidents, compensation to relatives, nervous shock, public liability and medical negligence.
“Working with abuse victims can be extremely emotional and draining, but, when matters settle, the closure that this work brings for claimants is something that inspires me to keep at it”.
Key Professional Achievements
- In 2018 Hayley was appointed a Non-Executive Director for Stepping Out Program, a non-profit community based organisation with a 30 year history working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
- Hayley has been appointed to coordinate Carroll & O’Dea Lawyer’s Continuing Legal Education – program keeping her across all manner of legal trends. Hayley is also the firm’s Pro Bono Co-Ordinator.
- Hayley joined Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers in 2014, and was appointed Associate in 2017.
- Hayley holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney, which is complemented by her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.
- She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication combined with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, from the University of Technology, Sydney.
- Haley was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2012.
- Hayley is passionate about a number of charitable organisations. She previously was a member of the UN Women International Women’s Day Breakfast Organising Committee, and Hayley held the position of Vice-Chair of Young UN Women Australia Sydney.
- Prior to her legal career, Hayley worked as an online editor for a boutique magazine and has written many freelance articles for both print and digital publications over the years.
Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers Hayley Aldrich – 9 News Interview
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