Cale Fryer

Principal

I wanted to become a lawyer to fight injustice and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Cale Fryer is a Principal at Hall Payne, working in the personal compensation, disability and superannuation teams. Cale works from our Brisbane office and is admitted to practice in Queensland and the High Court of Australia.

“My clients are down-to-earth hard-working people whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted due to another’s negligence,” says Cale.

“I wanted to become a lawyer to fight injustice and make a real difference to peoples’ lives.”

Cale regularly appears in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland. He is a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, the Queensland Law Society and Secretary of the Management Committee of Basic Rights Queensland. He has previously volunteered with Legal Aid Queensland.

Cale’s most satisfying recent cases were Martin v Andrews and Anor (2016) QSC 20 and McGuigan v Workers’ Compensation Regulator (2017) QIRC 036.

In Martin v Andrews, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) found that inaccurate training and directions provided to Mr McGuigan, an underground miner, caused his psychological injury. They rejected arguments from the Workers’ Compensation Regulator that those directions amounted to reasonable management action undertaken in a reasonable way.

In McGuigan v Workers’ Compensation Regulator, the Queensland Supreme Court awarded a former electrician in excess of $1.28 million in damages for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 1 July 2011. The judgment by Justice Duncan McMeekin was considered to be the highest compensation in any jurisdiction in Australia for a non-catastrophically injured electrician.

When not at work, Cale is appreciating Queensland’s great outdoors – he swims, surfs, runs and hikes.