Kris Birch

Principal Solicitor

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

Kris Birch has been representing trade unions and Australian workers since 2011. She completed her degree at Flinders University in Adelaide and commenced her career at the Independent Education Union as an Industrial Officer, where she stayed for five years before joining Hall Payne Lawyers in 2016.

Kris is based in our Brisbane office and leads our Queensland employment, industrial relations and criminal law teams. 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 a wide practice area which includes:

She has a demonstrated ability to gain a rapid understanding of our clients’ individual situations so that her time is best spent on finding the right solutions.

Kris is a strong advocate for social justice values and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fighting for justice and championing the rights of individuals. Her passion for upholding the law and her ability to navigate complex legal matters make her an invaluable asset to Hall Payne Lawyers and our clients.

Kris is known for not shying away from a fight and will leave no stone unturned while fearlessly advocating for our clients. Her strong advocacy skills and expertise have also earned her a stellar reputation within the legal community.

Kris’ passion is representing the underdog who would otherwise be disadvantaged by an inherent power imbalance. She is determined to even up the playing field to enable our clients to ensure that their voices are properly heard. She understands that engaging a lawyer is a confronting process for all clients, and she strives to make that process as comfortable as possible through her personable approach.

Kris has also been involved in high-profile cases, both within the industrial relations and criminal law realms, that have resulted in legislation being amended by the Queensland Parliament. Those cases remain good law.

For criminal matters, she most often appears in the various Magistrates Courts across Queensland but also appears in the District Court and Supreme Court. Kris also has extensive experience in the various Commissions and Courts for employment law and industrial relations matters.

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.

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

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

29 Feb 2024  Google Niomi C

I had reached out to the team at Hall Payne and was so lucky to have Jessie help me. She was professional and amiable but more importantly got the job done effectively and kept me in the loop along the way.

Making a crappy situation with a dodgy car yard a much easier situation to deal with! Thank you 😊

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Recent Blogs by Kris

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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Your rights if detained for police questioning in Queensland

Detained for police questioning (Qld)

If you are suspected of having committed a criminal offence and you refuse to voluntarily participate in an electronically recorded interview with police, it is possible that you may be detained for the purpose of questioning.

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What are my options if my employer is not paying my superannuation guarantee contributions?

My employer hasn’t been paying my superannuation guarantee

In Australia, employers are required to pay a minimum percentage of eligible employees’ earnings into a superannuation fund. This is called the ‘superannuation guarantee’ and is designed to fund retirement. Some employers are not paying the required super guarantee payments which leads us to the question, ‘What can you do about unpaid employer contributions of superannuation?”

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