Kris Birch

Associate

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

Kris Birch specialises in industrial relations and employment law at Hall Payne and is also a valued member of the 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 industrial relations, employment law and criminal law 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 and gained extensive experience with the resolution of issues unique to the education sector.

During her employment with Hall Payne, Kris has also completed a secondment with the CFMMEU Mining & Energy Division, which resonated with Kris having a thorough understanding of the industry due to being raised in a remote mining town.

Kris’ long term tenure within the union movement, in two starkly contrasting sectors, means that she has personal experience of the legal issues and concerns faced by unions, officials and their members.

Kris is often described by her clients as being personable and pragmatic in her approach to matters and she consistently receives positive feedback.

For criminal matters, she most often appears in the various Magistrates Courts across South East 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.

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. Kris is also on the management committee of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.

In her free time, Kris stays busy with various sports and staying outdoors.

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

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.

27 Sep 2020  Google Shelby T

My lawyer Kris and her team - was exactly what my case needed. Kris is beyond knowledgeable and is a strong and confident personality that I would not like to be up against in a court room - and because of that she was able to find success at conciliation instead.

08 Sep 2020  Email Lynda F

I am very grateful to Leanne [Taylor] for helping me to acquire Australian Citizenship;  I needed to apply for the Ministers Discretion due to the complexity of my case.  Leanne guided me through the various processes I needed to follow and the identification of all the (about 40) documents I needed to submit.  I found Leanne's knowledge of Immigration Law to be excellent and I am very grateful to her for her assistance.  Mine was a complex case and Leanne was very helpful in putting my case to the Immigration Department.

If requested I would have no hesitation in referring Hall and Payne's Immigration Services to anyone who came to me for such advice.

Yours sincerely, Lynda F

02 Sep 2020  Google Nic W

It was a absolute pleasure to deal with and watch such professionals at work. Our experience was very top class and very highly recommended.

26 Aug 2020  Google Steve A

Ellie Bassingthwaighte from Hall Payne Lawyers was sensational. She provided excellent support and diligently worked during the proceedings. She supplied exemplary advice, let alone, her maturity and calm was Zen-like, which in times of stress is extremely valuable. Ellie and her team were always helpful and appear to work tirelessly, maintaining an unwavering purpose of getting the best outcome for you, their client. I would also like to thank John Payne and Joe Kennedy for providing me with an effective, driven professional such as Ellie. Cheers Steve

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Computer hacking offences and computer misuse in Queensland

Computer hacking and misuse in Queensland

What most people don’t realise is that computer hacking and misuse can relate to conduct as simple as looking at files on their work allocated computers that they are not supposed to be looking at, even if they have ready access to the files. And it’s a crime in Queensland.

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There are two types of licences that may be available for eligible people who reside in Queensland and are about to lose their driver’s licence. They include a work licence or a special hardship licence.

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Indemnity costs in the amount of $85,000 awarded against Queensland Police for wrongful trespassing charges

Indemnity costs awarded when court finds ‘right of entry permit holders’ wrongly charged with trespass

In what our clients have described as a “landmark victory”, Hall Payne Lawyers has successfully defended an unprecedented attack by the Queensland Police Service on union officials’ statutory right of entry in Queensland.

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City of Darwin loses bid to suppress bullying report

City of Darwin loses bid to suppress bullying report

The law recognises the severe impact that workplace bullying and harassment can have on workers’ health and wellbeing. For example, victims are now able to apply to the Fair Work…

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