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.