John Payne

Principal

“Imagination allows you to find solutions others haven't thought of.”

Principal John Payne has been with Hall Payne since the firm’s inception in 1991. As one of Queensland’s most experienced and respected industrial relations lawyers, John has spent more than 30 years helping organisations with their diverse legal needs.

John identifies firstly as a trade unionist, and then a lawyer, and brings these principles to his practice.

“I look after community sector organisations such as incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee and trade unions,” says John.

“There’s not many of us about – it’s a confined area of expertise.”

Over three decades as a lawyer John has attained an impressive track record and national reputation. He was awarded “pre-eminent lawyer in Queensland” for employees and union work. His expertise is highly sought across Australia, working with organisational clients in corporate governance, industrial relations, constitutions and structures.

“I’m called in to answer the complex questions.”

John is also experienced at drafting sophisticated employment instruments, contracts, merger agreements and operating agreements. He has previously lectured in workplace health and safety law.

Looking back, John says he became a lawyer to “to get a better understanding of how you deal with injustice.” These days he mentors the firm’s young lawyers and says imagination is the biggest difference between good, or great, lawyers.

“Imagination allows you to find solutions others haven’t thought of.”

John is a director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Queensland, the Secretary of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and a board member with an Indian charity, The Child Labour Schools Company.

In his spare time, John enjoys building cars, decks and working on other DIY projects.

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

21 Jul 2020  Google Beau S

Alexander Williams was my lawyer from Hall Payne lawyer’s, and he was excellent, from my first free consolation to the moment we stepped in the court room, as it was a stressful situation for myself Alex always seemed calm through the whole process, very knowledgeable and professional in the way he approached my case, would have no dramas recommending Alex or his firm to represent anybody. I can’t thank Alex enough and his firm as now I can move on from this stressful and scary time in my life. Thank you Alex and Hall and Payne

15 Jul 2020  Google Cassandra S

Kris Birch was my Lawyer from Hall Payne Lawyers and she was absolutely brilliant. I found Kris to be very personable and realistic in how she approached my case individually and she left no stone unturned to get me the best possible outcome with my legal matter. Kris has a lot of knowledge over many facets of law areas which is quite evident after talking to her and has a lot of networking contacts that she can call on at any given time if required. Kris will always give the worst case scenario and is very transparent of what she can and can't achieve with your individual situation. I honestly can't recommend Kris highly enough and have already spoken about her to other colleagues and friends and won't hesitate in referring her to others as I know she was there during a very scary time in my life and without her professional guidance I can only wonder where I'd be now instead of remaining gainfully employed with respect from my peers and management.

05 Jun 2020  Google StevoTheGreat
20 Mar 2020  Google Matthew K

I would like to thank all the team at hall and payne for the professionalism and really big thing for me was there care that the team had were other companies like T/FREEMAN DIDNT THINK I HAD A CASE were cale fryer and david McCormack and Jaclyn Green were there all the way so thank you for great outcome I wouldn't of done it with out you

07 Feb 2020  Google Hugh W
13 Nov 2019  Google Mick G

I would not hesitate to recommend the legal services of the Hall Payne team. I have just successfully concluded a long and drawn-out industrial relations issue with a previous employer. Although i have had a number of solicitors work on my case the process has been very smooth and well coordinated. One of the more satisfying things with Hall Payne has been their prompt response to all communications, be it phone calls or Mail (electronic and snail mail). When it comes to Industrial Relations issues I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Hall Payne Lawyers.

05 Feb 2016  Email Maria S

Hi Leanne,

Good morning! How are you?

I am sorry to bother you but i wanted to let you know that there are times i still think of you and everyone at Hall Payne Lawyers that helped us.

Tyrone is back to school since last week and seems settled.  He is getting taller and gained a couple of kilos.  He is so heavy but still sit on may lap as if he only weighs 10kilos.  Work is constantly busy. 

Anyways, I wanted to say thank you again.  Because of you and everyone at Hall Payne Lawyers - tyrone and I are enjoying life here in Australia and the blessings that comes with it.

My sincerest gratitude and more power!!

Sincerely,

Maria S

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