Kris Birch

Senior Associate

People come to me with a legal problem and it’s my job to help them fix it.

Kris Birch has spent the last decade representing Australian unions and workers. She specialises in industrial relations and employment law at Hall Payne and also leads the Queensland criminal law team. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia (Barrister and Solicitor), the Supreme Court of Queensland (Lawyer) and the High Court of Australia (Solicitor).

Kris has wanted to be a lawyer since she was young.

“I’m passionate about social justice and I genuinely enjoy helping people at a time when they need help the most” she says.

She loves the varied nature of her practice areas and the challenges of her diverse client base.

“I enjoy helping the underdog who would otherwise be disadvantaged by an inherent power imbalance. People come to me with a legal problem and it’s my job to help them fix it.”

Before Hall Payne, Kris spent five years working as an Industrial Officer for the Independent Education Union. She has also completed a secondment with the CFMMEU Mining & Energy Division during her employment with Hall Payne.

Kris has a detailed understanding of complicated issues unique to individual sectors, such as the public sector, construction, black coal mining, education, nursing, retail, logistics, and hospitality; including in relation to health and safety. She is able to gain a rapid understanding of her clients’ individual situations so that her time is best spent on finding the right solutions.

For criminal matters, she most often appears in the various Magistrates Courts across Queensland and has also appeared in the District Court and Supreme Court. Kris also frequently appears in the various Commissions and Courts for employment law and industrial relations matters and has instructed Senior Counsel in the Full Court of the Federal Court and the Black Coal Mining Board of Inquiry into methane exceedances.

She is a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and the Queensland Council of Civil Liberties. She volunteers with several community legal centres and, along with our Cale Fryer and Luke Tiley, is a co-author of the employment chapter of the Queensland Law Handbook.

In her free time, Kris stays busy with various sports and staying outdoors. She is also an active volunteer of Marine Rescue and mentors several law students and junior lawyers.

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

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!
01 Apr 2022  Google Nat R

If you want the best legal service, Kris Birch from Hall Payne is an absolute class act! She will not stop till she gets the best results for her clients. Thank you Kris and Hall Payne can't recommend enough!

29 Mar 2022  Google Nikki D

Extremely professional. The expertise, knowledge and understanding shown by Megan and her team allowed for a smooth journey from beginning to the end. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

28 Mar 2022  Google Kerri C

The care, professionalism and patience Megan and her team provided to me throughout the entire process was exceptional. As a survivor I would very highly recommend Megan, she was incredible. The amount I received far exceeded anything I thought was achievable.

19 Mar 2022  Google Chris W

We have spoken to Seané Shalev a couple of times now and she has been excellent and extremely helpful,we definitely we be contacting her again for our next claim

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Recent Blogs by Kris

How to prepare for a sentencing hearing in Queensland

How to prepare for a sentencing hearing in Queensland

Your comprehensive guide to preparing for a criminal law sentencing hearing in Queensland.

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Significant changes to Queensland’s interlock program came into effect in September 2021

Queensland Government cracks down on drink driving

On 10 September 2021, a range of new drink driving laws came into effect in Queensland. In this blog, we explore the significant changes related to the interlock program and compulsory drink driving education.

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As a result of a recent judgment, the Queensland Police Service is required to pay a total of $169,119.29

Successful appeal sees Queensland Police Service required to pay $169,119.29 in costs

A big win upholds statutory right of entry for union officials to lawfully enter work premises where they suspect breaches of work health safety laws.

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The implications of “no conviction recorded” on your criminal record

No conviction recorded – options for keeping your criminal record clean

One of the most common enquiries that we receive from clients who have been charged with a criminal offence is whether they will have a criminal record at the conclusion of the proceeding.

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