Louise Hall

Louise Hall

Louise Hall is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Brett O'Connor, head of child protection in Queensland schools, charged with historical sex abuse offences against pupils at two Sydney private schools

Child sex charges: Brett O'Connor

Louise Hall Brett Anthony O'Connor faces charges of indecent and sexual assaults allegedly committed against a 12-year-old boy when he was a Marist Brother at Sydney's prestigious St Joseph's College in 1987.

INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly and former surfing world champion Layne Beachley win neighbour dispute to redevelop northern beaches home

Kirk Pengilly and Layne Beachley have won a legal battle with a neighbour to redevelop their Queenscliff home.

Louise Hall INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly and his wife, former surfing world champion Layne Beachley, have won a legal battle against a neighbour to redevelop their northern beaches home.

Ice scourge: Young father's life spirals out of control in less than 12 months

Ice addiction: Christopher Glare turned to crime to finance his drug habit.

Louise Hall The frightening case of Christopher Glare shows how quickly ice can send a life spiralling out of control.

Former prisoner John Killick free to seek contact with rescuer Red Lucy Dudko

Louise Hall Former prisoner who made notorious getaway to ditch ankle bracelet and alcohol ban.

Families 'forever changed' after siblings die in Central Coast crash

Piper, 8, died after a car accident over the Easter weekend on the Central Coast.

Eryk Bagshaw, Louise Hall and Esther Han An eight-year-old girl and her nine-year-old brother have died after suffering injuries in a car crash on the Central Coast on Saturday night.

Couple lead class action against Australian travel company Scenic Tours after holiday ruined by rain

David Moore and Janette Howell are leading a class action over a disastrous cruise.

Louise Hall David Moore and Janette Howell spent their life savings – $26,200 – on what they expected to be a relaxing river cruise through the picturesque French and German countryside.

Human rights lawyer George Newhouse wins defamation case against News Corp's Andrew Bolt


Louise Hall Human rights lawyer George Newhouse has won his defamation case against controversial News Corp blogger Andrew Bolt.

Anti-ageing doctor Julie Epstein found guilty of misconduct

Julie Epstein could be struck off as a doctor after the guilty finding.

Louise Hall A high-profile Sydney doctor who specialises in “anti-ageing” medicine has been found guilty of professional misconduct and could be struck off after an investigation found she...

Sydney mother pleads guilty to manslaughter of her son, 7, who had 'plethora of injuries'

Scales of justice

Louise Hall A Sydney mother has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her seven-year-old son after admitting he did not fall off a pogo stick as first claimed, but was subject to months of neglect and sickening...

Nightclub owner's son jailed for sexual assault of teen girl in Kings Cross alley

Luke Lazarus leaves Downing Centre Court in Sydney.

Louise Hall A nightclub owner's son, who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in a Kings Cross alley and bragged about taking her virginity, has been sentenced to at least three years' jail.

Convicted rapist Luke Lazarus jailed for at least three years

Jailed: Luke Lazarus outside court during his sentencing hearing for raping a woman near his father's nightclub in Kings Cross.

Louise Hall The son of a Kings Cross nightclub owner has been sentenced to at least three years jail for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl in a laneway in May 2013.

Peter Junghans killed best mate then himself after fears he'd been dobbed in for drugs, inquest hears

Fearful and depressed: Peter Junghans.

Louise Hall A fast friendship took a fatal turn when Peter Junghans began to suspect his best mate Matthew Thomas, or his brother Clint Thomas, had "dobbed him in" to police.

Watchdog finds 2Day FM royal prank breached licence condition, code of practice

Former 2DayFM radio announcer Mel Greig with former colleague and royal prank DJ Michael Christian in 2012.

Louise Hall The "royal prank" call broadcast on 2Day FM was "highly exploitative" and "personally degrading and humiliating" of the two hospital workers caught up in the infamous hoax, the broadcast media...

Hockey defamation case: 'Reasonable actions' versus 'malice' claims

Treasurer Joe Hockey arrives at court on Monday.

Louise Hall, Michaela Whitbourn The defamation battle between Joe Hockey and Fairfax Media could go as far as the High Court, with the publisher foreshadowing a potential challenge to the legal protections afforded to media outlets.

Defamation trial: Fairfax 'never contended' Treasurer Joe Hockey was corrupt or took bribes

Joe Hockey arrives at court.

Louise Hall, Michaela Whitbourn Fairfax's lawyer in his closing submissions on day five of the defamation trial against Treasurer Joe Hockey said the articles published exposed how the connection between donations to political...

Joe Hockey defamation case: 'nailed to the cross' did not mean 'crucify' the Treasurer, court hears

Sean Nicholls arrives at the federal court for a defamation trial brought by Joe Hockey.

Louise Hall, Michaela Whitbourn A Fairfax Media journalist has told a defamation trial his editor's wish to have a story on Joe Hockey "nailed to the cross" was a reference to "nailing the facts".

Joe Hockey defamation trial: Treasurer for sale a 'fair' headline says journalist Sean Nicholls

Herald journalist Sean Nicholls arrives at the Federal Court on Wednesday.

Louise Hall and Michaela Whitbourn Fairfax Media journalist Sean Nicholls has told a defamation trial that the headline "Treasurer for sale" was "very much" a fair summary of an article he wrote about Joe Hockey.

Joe Hockey says donation claim was "clearly misleading", in defamation case

Joe Hockey

Michael Whitbourn and Louise Hall The Treasurer told the court he had "accepted no money at all" in relation to the North Sydney Forum.

Fairfax Media dismisses Joe Hockey claims as 'conspiracy theory'

Joe Hockey

Michaela Whitbourn, Louise Hall Lawyers for Fairfax Media have dismissed as an extraordinary "conspiracy theory" claims that it was motivated to investigate Treasurer Joe Hockey's links with a Liberal Party fundraising body in...

Hockey defamation trial: Treasurer 'not intimately involved' in setting up fundraising body North Sydney Forum

Louise Hall Treasurer Joe Hockey says he was not intimately involved in the set up and running of a Liberal party fundraising body known as the North Sydney Forum despite his name and image being used to recruit...