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.  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

30 Nov 2023  Google Tracy N

Excellent lawyers, would recommend these lawyers to anyone and everyone. Great communication between them and their clients. Excellent work 👏 thank you for working with us 😊

02 Nov 2023  Google Irina O

Hall Payne Lawyers are a guiding light when you have to deal with a difficult situation such as the loss of a loved one. Philip and Tammy did an amazing job organising our late father's estate for us.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work. We highly recommend Hall Payne Lawyers.

28 Sep 2023  Google Louis A

I recently requested legal advice and representation from Hall Payne Lawyers and was fortunate to have Philip Anthony representing my case. The whole experience with HPL was very positive, incl. good communication, competitive legal fees and overall a very good result after proceedings were completed.

Philip Anthony is a professional and highly experienced solicitor and is a valuable member of the HPL team. I am confident in recommending him, without hesitation.

30 Aug 2023  Google A.E

I am very impressed with Hall Payne Lawyers performance and qualifications. They have helped me in two cases.

First one was a serious issue at work, which may have been resulted in redundancy. It was overruled in a proper way.

Second time I asked for assistance with the Workplace COVID Vaxx mandates, holding a legitimate vaccine exemption. I am still not fully vaccinated (one dose only) and yet I maintained my employment in a Healthcare setting visiting and servicing labs and hospitals as a service engineer across QLD.

Hall Payne lawyers are not the cheapest ones but I am very happy with the outcomes and it is totally worth it! Highly recommend and appreciate their legal advice. Thanks a lot.

11 Aug 2023  Google Mahdiyeh A

5-star rating  

09 Aug 2023  Email Anonymous

It was a great pleasure for me to have Jennifer and dear Ms Virne as my Lawyers in this process.

I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to you and dear Juliana as my esteemed lawyers.

I wish all the best for you.

19 Jul 2023  Google Mark P
I have found HPL to be a thoroughly professional and considerate legal firm to deal with. They listen and they support your needs with empathy and prowess. Highly recommended.
13 Jul 2023  Google Harley M

Kris Birch and the team at Hall Payne Lawyers were amazing when I required their services for a stressfull employment matter recently.

Kris and Maddy were down to earth, a wealth of knowlege and very attentive to the details that gave me the trust and confidence in Kris that ultimately ended with her dominating the proceedings in impressive fashion.

Thanks again Kris and the team at Hall Payne Lawyers for the great result 👍 👏

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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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