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

09 Jul 2021  Google Matthew T

After injuring my back at work, Hall Payne Lawyers helped me to lodge two TPD claims with two different insurers; both claims were accepted and paid. Without their assistance, I do not believe either claim would have been successful.

When making a TPD claim, there are many pitfalls and traps for the uninitiated to fall into. Simple mistakes can lead to a claim being delayed or rejected. In my opinion, it really is worth paying for the assistance of an experienced professional (especially when their services are offered on a "no win, no fee" basis). Also, in light of the amount of work they put into my claims, I believe Hall Payne's professional fees were very reasonable.

I am highly satisfied with the assistance I received from Hall Payne Lawyers. I have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone ill or injured who is considering lodging a TPD claim.

24 Jun 2021  Google Michele T

The whole team at Hall Payne Lawyers were exceptional. From first enquirey, legal support and follow up, plus acounts. Jennifer was very helpful and gave me advice that resulted in a successfull outcome early in a dispute and helped avoid further heartache.

I would highly recommend their service as early as possible in any dispute to set you on the right path. Thankyou to the whole team.

19 Jun 2021  Google Sophie P

I engaged Hall Payne Lawyers to represent me in my employment dispute. Ellie Bassingthwaite was faultless in her advice, her patience and her genuine care and concern for me as her client. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hall Payne or in using them again if I find myself in a similar situation.

16 Jun 2021  Google Raelene S

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20 May 2021  Google Amon E

Working with Claire Gabriel was stress free and all Hall Payne Lawyers staff are very responsive when you need them. Thank you very much for your support and keep it up.

01 May 2021  Google Tamara P

This firm represented my partner after an accident. Cale is not only great at what he does, but a down to earth good guy. If the need ever arises I would definitely use their services again. Highly recommend.

31 Mar 2021  Google Layla T

Fantastic; I could not speak highly enough professional, quick and honest, kept me informed every step of the way.

20 Mar 2021  Google Kerri S

Thankyou to both Cale Fryer and Jaclyn Green for their thorough diligence and professional work. They both consulted with me on the specifics of what is to be expected and guided me through an ordeal that was not a comfortable experience, by doing this it made the ordeal manageable. I found them to be educational but approachable. Direct but kind. Driven but tolerant and patient through my hard times. I would recommend both Cale and Jaclyn to other individuals who are having Social Injustice matters or that may be in need of a genuinely professional Solicitor. Thankyou very much Kerri

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