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.

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16 Jan 2021  Google Karen T

Kris is passionate about what she does, a realistic down to earth person who knows her job and how to do it. I would highly recommend Kris .

09 Dec 2020  Google Wayne

Cameron and the team in the South Brisbane practice were so professional and supportive in dealing with my matter. I highly recommend Hall Payne Lawyers for any one who values honest advice and a professional team around you.

09 Dec 2020  Google Tanya B

Highly experienced and knowledgable team who consistently maintained engagement, support and collaboration both professionally and personally.

05 Dec 2020  Google Michael K

Luke Tiley sought first to understand. He was thorough and considered in his approach to my matters and provided options, carefully detailing potential advantages and disadvantages of options. This was done without fuss and with a refreshing honesty. He maintained a professional, style with a respectful approach. I appreciated his frank authenticity and his expedient efficient way of dealing with complexity.

Luke understood me as a person and the situation I found myself in, leading me ultimately to a positive resolve in relation to the matters I faced. His interventions made a difficult situation resolvable. If you are seeking efficient, client focussed authentic counsel and support in relation to employment issues, I highly recommend Luke Tiley whose experience, efficiency and commitment to my cause, was abundantly apparent.

23 Nov 2020  Google Lachlan S

Kris Birch handled an unfair dismissal case for me through my union. Kris was retained only a few days before the case went to conciliation. I was very impressed by Kris' ability to have a full and complete understanding of my case with only a few days to prepare. Kris took the time to explain the intricacy's of the legal process to me and answer any questions I had. The eventual settlement was much better than I had expected. I truly believe that I would not have received such a good outcome had Kris not been representing me. If anyone I knew were in need of an employment law specialist, I would strongly recommend they use Hall and Payne lawyers.

10 Nov 2020  Google Damian K

Five stars - no comment

30 Oct 2020  Google Ian S

Cale and Jaclyn make a great team! I was in all sorts of trouble from a serious motorcycle accident and wasn't able to return to my previous duties. Cale and Jackie sorted things out promptly. Cale and his team bent over backwards for me and had my best interests at hand!!! I will definitly will be reccomending them to people I know and in future and I will be using them for all my future legal matters! If there was a 6 star option, I would of chosen that instead of the 5!!! Thanks again guys for your help, VERY much appreciated!!! I felt very secure with this firm! Ian Simpson.

04 Oct 2020  Google Susan H

Very professional and supportive law firm. Responsive and courteous, highly recommend their services.

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