Kris Birch

Senior Associate

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 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 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. 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 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.

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 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 also 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

09 Jul 2021  Google Matthew T

After injuring my back at work, Hall Payne Lawyers helped me to lodge two TPD claims with two different insurers; both claims were accepted and paid. Without their assistance, I do not believe either claim would have been successful.

When making a TPD claim, there are many pitfalls and traps for the uninitiated to fall into. Simple mistakes can lead to a claim being delayed or rejected. In my opinion, it really is worth paying for the assistance of an experienced professional (especially when their services are offered on a "no win, no fee" basis). Also, in light of the amount of work they put into my claims, I believe Hall Payne's professional fees were very reasonable.

I am highly satisfied with the assistance I received from Hall Payne Lawyers. I have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone ill or injured who is considering lodging a TPD claim.

24 Jun 2021  Google Michele T

The whole team at Hall Payne Lawyers were exceptional. From first enquirey, legal support and follow up, plus acounts. Jennifer was very helpful and gave me advice that resulted in a successfull outcome early in a dispute and helped avoid further heartache.

I would highly recommend their service as early as possible in any dispute to set you on the right path. Thankyou to the whole team.

19 Jun 2021  Google Sophie P

I engaged Hall Payne Lawyers to represent me in my employment dispute. Ellie Bassingthwaite was faultless in her advice, her patience and her genuine care and concern for me as her client. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hall Payne or in using them again if I find myself in a similar situation.

16 Jun 2021  Google Raelene S

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20 May 2021  Google Amon E

Working with Claire Gabriel was stress free and all Hall Payne Lawyers staff are very responsive when you need them. Thank you very much for your support and keep it up.

01 May 2021  Google Tamara P

This firm represented my partner after an accident. Cale is not only great at what he does, but a down to earth good guy. If the need ever arises I would definitely use their services again. Highly recommend.

31 Mar 2021  Google Layla T

Fantastic; I could not speak highly enough professional, quick and honest, kept me informed every step of the way.

20 Mar 2021  Google Kerri S

Thankyou to both Cale Fryer and Jaclyn Green for their thorough diligence and professional work. They both consulted with me on the specifics of what is to be expected and guided me through an ordeal that was not a comfortable experience, by doing this it made the ordeal manageable. I found them to be educational but approachable. Direct but kind. Driven but tolerant and patient through my hard times. I would recommend both Cale and Jaclyn to other individuals who are having Social Injustice matters or that may be in need of a genuinely professional Solicitor. Thankyou very much Kerri

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Recent Blogs by Kris

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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What is a notice to appear?

A police officer gave me a Notice to Appear. What does that mean?

If a police officer has given you a "Notice to Appear" it means you have been charged with a criminal offence and you need to attend court to answer to it.

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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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How do I apply for a work licence?

Restricted work drivers’ licences in Queensland

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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