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

24 Jun 2022  Google Tricia L.R

Incredibly astute, responsive and knowledgable service, with a very strong compass guided by social justice

13 Jun 2022  Google Stephen F

Kris was great, She gave us confidence and calmness in a horrible experience. Thank you.

13 Jun 2022  Google Samuel G

Thank you so much Hall and Payne Lawyers for your assistance with my affairs. Leanne and Shirley took care of my matters with professionalism and awesome service.

To have these guys on your side when you are at your wits end provided me with peace of mind and the opportunity to live a better life due to my successful claims. I could not have done it without their help. Thank you Hall and Payne! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

31 May 2022  Google Pili R

It was a pleasure to deal with Hall Payne Lawyers for our personal wills.

In particular Mr. Ian Kelly who made it easy to navigate through the documents and interacted with us to suit our needs.

20 May 2022  Google Mel C

In my late 30’s self employed professional, I fell from grace, bankrupt, lost my health, my career and my marriage. Hall Payne was the shining light for me through these very dark times, the better part of 5 years in which they took the helm and left no stone unturned.

The result: three successful claims (2TPD & 1IP) the best possible outcome and an absolutely outstanding law firm to deal with. Special thanks to Leanne: Her diligence to handle all the complexities that occurred along the way was infallible and I am forever grateful for her support. Highly Recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

19 May 2022  Google Jillian F

5 star review

05 May 2022  Google Roger K

I am very pleased to write a review for this firm. When you need help everything seems so complicated. These wonderful lawyers make you feel at ease with real advice from a caring base that is easy to understand. Professionals that care, that says it all.

20 Apr 2022  Facebook Bronwen G
Alexander Williams dealt with my Work Place employment issue. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional and achieved the desired outcome
Thankyou!

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Recent Blogs by Jessica

NT workers compensation win for vulnerable victim of workplace racial abuse

Compensation win for vulnerable victim of workplace racial abuse

We successfully represented a First Nations worker who had suffered a serious psychological injury after being the victim of ongoing, nasty racial abuse from colleagues in the Northern Territory.

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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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