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Darwin legal expertise with empathy

At Halfpennys, we understand the importance of having a trusted team on your side throughout your legal matter. Whether you’re tackling the ins and outs of a workers’ compensation claim, have a complex commercial case on your hands, or anything in between – we’re here to support you every step of the way. We combine local knowledge with decades of legal experience alongside a genuine, personalised approach, so you can be confident your matter will be handled with care.

• Meet our talented team of lawyers in Darwin

Led by our directors, Richard Henschke and Cathy Spurr, the Halfpennys team has been hand-selected for their expertise and empathy.

Richard Henschke

Richard is Halfpennys’ co-principal and a highly respected legal practitioner with over 40 years of experience. His expertise spans various areas, including commercial law, adoption and wills and estate planning.

Over the years, he has built enduring relationships with his clients – including some of the largest companies in the Northern Territory – who view him as their legal representative and a trusted confidant.


As the go-to lawyer in Darwin for adoption matters, he finds great fulfilment in helping families navigate the associated complexities and achieving the desired results. He is also a conciliator and mediator, reflecting his belief in preserving relationships and avoiding unnecessary conflict.


Outside of his work as a lawyer, Richard enjoys spending time with his family and caring for his bromeliads.

Ricahrd Henschke, Halfpenny's co-principle lawyer

Cathy Spurr

Cathy is Halfpennys’ co-principal and has been an integral part of the Northern Territory’s legal landscape for over two decades. Her expertise lies in workers’ compensation, personal injury, and medical negligence. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and has dedicated her career to seeking fair compensation.

Cathy’s diverse background – including completing a four-year apprenticeship as an electronics technician before starting her legal career – has given her a deep understanding of her clients' challenges in workers’ compensation and personal injury cases.


Outside of her work as a lawyer, Cathy is an active member of the Northern Territory branch of the Australian Labor Party. She is dedicated to serving her community and advocating for the rights and needs of its members.

Cathy Spurr, Halfpennys co-principal lawyer


Our Darwin law firm runs like a well-oiled machine thanks to our team of dedicated support staff. During your time with us, you may be assisted by Mel, Michaela, Kia, or Felicity when booking appointments, preparing documents or making general enquiries.

Make an appointment to meet our Darwin lawyers

If you have a legal matter you’d like to discuss, we encourage you to contact our friendly team. Schedule an appointment by calling (08) 8942 8888, or simply complete our contact form with your details, and one of our support staff will get back to you as promptly as possible.

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