Jessica Hodge

Associate

Jessica is a lawyer in our personal compensation team in Brisbane. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons). Jessica credits her academic achievement to the Australian Veterans’ Children’s Assistance Trust, who generously financially assisted her whilst at university.

Whilst at university, Jessica competed in prestigious national and international mooting competitions. She won the University of Queensland’s witness examination competition in 2014 and has adjudicated this competition since. She is a self-confessed nerd, whose legal interests include criminal law/procedure, liability insurance and evidence law. 

Jessica started competing in speech and drama competitions when she was 4 years old. Before “retiring” 20 years later, she won a number of prizes, including the speech and drama championship and aggregate at the Queensland Eisteddfod in 2012. She completed a Diploma in Speaking and Communicating with the Australian College of Music in 2014. 

Jessica’s legal career started in 2012 when she started working as a barrister’s clerk/research assistant during her university holidays. Since then, she has worked exclusively in litigation, including as a defendant insurance lawyer. 

Jessica works in the personal compensation team at Hall Payne Lawyers. She assists clients with: 

  • workers’ compensation claims (across Queensland, Northern Territory and Comcare schemes); 
  • Workers’ Compensation Regulator appeals; 
  • motor vehicle accident claims;
  • public and product liability personal compensation claims; and
  • applications under the National Redress Scheme for victims of institutionalised sexual abuse.

These matters include claims for both physical and psychiatric injuries. 

She strives to always provide clients with practical and commercial advice. She is passionate about doing her best for her clients and prides herself on being down-to-earth and approachable. 

Outside of work, Jessica spends her time looking after her “little zoo”. She rescues and keeps companion parrots, the majority of whom have health or behavioural issues resulting from abuse or neglect. She firmly believes that every parrot deserves to have the best possible life. She also volunteers with her husband for the St Vincent de Paul Society, conducting home visits and distributing financial assistance to the less fortunate. 

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

17 Jan 2022  Google Robyn P

Thank you Jessica Hodge! What a superstar! My experience with Jessica and Hall Payne was at all times one of dealing with consummate professionals.

Jessica over delivered at every turn. She provided solid, pragmatic advice and is sharp as a tack! She saw me through to the Qld Industrial Relations Commission and with her impeccable guidance I received a positive outcome. More importantly to me, I felt validated and vindicated.

29 Nov 2021  Google Kerry C

I had a complex employment matter that had to go initially to the Fair Work Commission. My lawyer Luke Tiley was in every sense awesome in his advocacy, swift & incisive in his response, professional and incredibly talented as an employment lawyer.

I would definitely recommend this firm, and especially Luke Tiley for any employment matter you may have. 5 stars plus.

16 Oct 2021  Facebook Jason N
I had a tough case against opponents with much deeper pockets than myself. I contacted other law firms that you see advertising. They all said my case was either two difficult or I did not have a case at all. By chance Megan Stanley of Hall Payne solicitors was recommended. Megan looked at my case and said she would be happy to act for me. In the end I was awarded a favourable settlement. Megan and her team make you feel from the outset that she is a top level solicitor with a very capable team backing her. I would not hesitate to recommend Hall Payne to anyone. Thanks again for everything, job well done. Jason.
28 Sep 2021  Google Tommy A

Thank you Cale Fryer and Hall Payne Lawyers for the professional service and getting a successful claim in 1st Queensland hard metal exposure. Regards, Tommy A

17 Sep 2021  Google Karen J

Incredibly supportive, professional, competent and individualised services provided by this firm. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Juliana and Linda M have provided invaluable support that went above and beyond while also providing me with the best representation I could hope for. Highly recommended

07 Sep 2021  Google Gary B

When I had some difficulty with a work issue I had to use a Lawyer for the first time and was recommended Kris Birch was wonderful. She was honest and gave me the advice and spent time talking me through all the finer details of the issue.

Kris helped me get the best result and would definitely recommend Kris and if I need to, I would definitely use her legal brain again. Thank You Kris

31 Aug 2021  Google Glenn H

5 star review

10 Aug 2021  Google Joseph T

Leanne has helped my family and me through the AAT review. She has displayed professionalism in her work and always offered true and genuine advices. Her experiences with the AAT has also helped and guided us in many possible ways that you can imagine. It would be daunting without her assistance along the way. Great thank you to Leanne and her firm.

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Recent Blogs by Jessica

Workplace bullying win based on access to critical evidence

Hall Payne successful in obtaining critical evidence to support victim of workplace bullying

Hall Payne Lawyers recently represented a worker in a workplace bullying case in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. We were successful in obtaining certain employment records of supervisors who allegedly bullied the applicant at work.

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Significant workers compensation changes in Queensland 2019

Amendments to Queensland workers’ compensation laws are a positive step for workers

On 22 October 2019, Queensland Parliament passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 which amends sections of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 to further assist workers to recover from their workplace injuries. Hall Payne Lawyers consider the amendments as a positive development for Queensland workers.

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WorkCover claims for psychological injury in Queensland

I’ve suffered a psychological injury at work. What do I do?

Many people believe that workers can only make compensation claims for work-related physical injuries. However, there are growing numbers of claims submitted for work-related psychological injuries.

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$585,000 Pricey Punch: Queensland District Court Award Damages to Victim of Workplace Assault

$585,000 Pricey Punch: Queensland District Court Award Damages to Victim of Workplace Assault

Jamie Colwell was employed by Top Cut Foods as a knife hand/butcher. On 20 January 2014, he was assaulted by a fellow worker, Parks, which caused him to sustain a…

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