John Payne


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

John Payne was a founding partner of Hall Payne in 1991 and he is one of Queensland’s most experienced and respected industrial relations lawyers, having many years ago been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as pre-eminent. John has spent 40 years assisting unions and community organisations with their diverse legal needs.

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

His expertise is highly sought across Australia, working with organisational clients in governance, compliance, constitutions and structures. He is 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 at QUT.

He is currently a Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Queensland, Byron Aged Care Ltd and a board member of the Prostate Awareness Association, Qld. John was formerly the Secretary, for many years, of the Queensland Industrial Relations Society and following his retirement from that office, was awarded life membership.

John is proudly a life member of the QLD Services Union, for which he worked as an industrial officer in the 1980’s. Recently John has also been awarded life membership of the national Australia Services Union (ASU) and has now continuously acted for the union for four decades.

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

09 Jul 2024  Google Sharon C

Leanne recently helped me settle a matter I would never have been able to deal with on my own, due to multiple medical conditions. She was professional, gentle, helpful, supportive and explained the process clearly. The time frame was realistic and was actually over more quickly than expected.

I would recommend their services highly.

16 May 2024  Google Kelvin Z

I cannot recommend Hall Payne Lawyers highly enough.

Throughout my case, Alexandra was incredibly responsive, always available to answer my questions and provide updates. She took the time to explain complex legal concepts in a way that was easy to understand, ensuring I felt comfortable and informed every step of the way.

Alexandra’s professionalism, attention to detail, and strategic thinking were key in achieving a favorable outcome for my case.

15 May 2024  Google Sepulona

Ellie and her team at Hall Payne Lawyers were an absolute lifeline during a challenging legal process. From the moment they started working, I felt understood and supported.

Ellie's sensitivity to my feelings made all the difference as she guided me through every step of the journey.

Hall Payne Lawyers expertise and dedication ensured that I felt empowered and informed throughout. I can't thank Ellie and her team enough for their professionalism, empathy, and unwavering support.

01 May 2024  Google Telisa L

I was referred to by a friend and I don’t regret it, thanks for help and work that your team out in!

21 Mar 2024  Google William G

Very highly recommend !

Jaclyn Green and Cale Fryer were very understanding and supportive. They showed empathy and compassion and I felt very comfortable opening up to them about my case and how I was feeling at different stages throughout my case.

Cale was very personal and I knew that he genuinely cared about my health first and foremost. Very professional approach to my case and very reassuring. After every conversation I had with Cale I felt more and more confident that my case was going to have a good outcome which in the end it did.

I have told many people about my experience and the satisfaction I felt at the end of my case after working with the team at Hall Payne Lawyers. I highly recommend the professional team at Hall Payne Lawyers.

20 Mar 2024  Google Janenne B

Leanne Taylor was of great assistance and instrumental in the successful sponsorship and employment of our newest team member.

I highly recommend Leanne for guidance and assistance during this process and will utilise her services should we pursue sponsorship of future employees.

19 Mar 2024  Google Matt L

Kris Birch and Luke Forsyth, and all of the team at Hall Payne helped me navigate a very difficult matter in a capable and compassionate way. I am very grateful for their expertise and care resulting in an excellent outcome.

01 Mar 2024  Google Kylie B

We had a very pleasing experience with Cale from Hall Payne Lawyers. Going through a personal injury matter is stressful but I always felt confident with Hall Payne. They were extremely informative, supportive and reassured us when we needed it.

Over all I highly recommend them for any matter. Thankyou Cale and Jaclyn

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