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

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

13 Mar 2021  Google Glenys A

HPL were thorough in their investigative research, analytical, and prompt with their responses. There was always good communication. I found them to be extremely approachable helping me as their client to feel at ease. Throughout my lawyer remained objective and the result was the achievement of a fair and just outcome. Good Value! I Highly recommend them!

02 Mar 2021  Google Debbie L

Always very kind, encouraging, considerate, polite , courteous and most of all professional. I would have no problem in recommending Hall Payne Lawyers to anyone in the future. A Big Thank you!

25 Feb 2021  Email Kevin L

I would like to give Kris Birch and Sarah Cavanagh a '5 star review' based on their promptness and due diligence. Kris Birch’s performance in court was outstanding and supplied me with the best outcome, if I could give a 12/10 I would. 

23 Feb 2021  Google Suzanne W

What an amazing experience, with not only an amazing team but a sensational Lawyer. The Hall Payne Lawyers and especially Kalina were knowledgeable, informing and most importantly supportive. The response to my questions, and retrospectively nervous queries provided my with the ability to feel positive during this time. Highly recommended team.

15 Feb 2021  Google Dana T

I engaged Hall Payne to provide advice on some questions I had regarding a contract and their service was prompt and helpful. Ellie was able to explain the scenarios and provide helpful advice to allow me to make an informed decision. Overall a very good experience. Would recommend to other people looking for support regarding employment contract advice.

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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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