Cooper Hood, Halfpennys’ newest lawyer, was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia at a young age. She lived in Katherine for a short time before settling in Palmerston, where she now lives with her Border Collie, Phoebe.
At CDU, Cooper studied a double degree in law and accounting. She started working at Halfpennys during her studies, in 2016.
Cooper has left several times to pursue her love of travel, but she’s always returned to Halfpennys, where she loves the culture, colleagues and, of course, the office cat.
‘I’ve moved through a number of positions at Halfpennys: beginning as rounds clerk and receptionist before moving on to law clerk to Cathy Spurr, and then office manager’, she said. ‘I’m really looking forward to my new role as a lawyer, and I know my experience in the firm will make for a smooth transition.’
Cooper is particularly interested in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury and medical negligence. She’s also looking forward to building her experience in commercial law under the guidance of Halfpennys Director, Richard Henschke. ‘I think there is value in understanding the intricacies involved with transactional legal matters, and I look forward to also applying knowledge from my accounting studies in this area’, she said.
Cooper is a member of the Northern Territory Women Lawyers’ Association (NTWLA) and the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA).
Outside work, Cooper sits on the Northern Territory Football League Tribunal and enjoys baking, playing the piano and passionately supporting the Essendon Football Club.