Leanne Taylor

Paralegal and Migration Agent

With more than 25 years’ experience working across Hall Payne’s Queensland offices, Leanne Taylor has helped countless clients with everything from visa preparation to complex immigration issues and more recently clients needing to claim on their insurance through superannuation.

Leanne is a Registered Migration Agent and since 2003 has worked in migration law and personal injury law with clients from diverse countries and backgrounds. Since 2015 she has also been responsible for the firm’s Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) and Income Protection (also known as Salary Continuance) insurance claim work for the firm’s diverse client base.

Superannuation & Insurance Law

As the staff member that has the day to day contact with clients who are quite often in a bad way due to their injury/illness, I am able to assist them to understand the insurance claim process, act as the go between with their insurer/superannuation fund to take the stress and pressure off them by handling the preparation of the relevant paperwork to give their claim the best prospects of succeeding.

After all, their financial future often depends on it; all at a time when they generally don’t have the physical or mental capacity to deal with much more than simple day to day living requirements let alone anything else.”

Immigration / Migration Law

“Migration Law is becoming a very complex and constantly changing arena to work in. Individuals can experience difficulties navigating their way through the visa maze. I enjoy working with clients and I’m here to help them realise their goal of living in Australia,” she says.

Leanne’s skills include appeals to the Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and preparing submissions for ministerial intervention. Her outstanding successes in complex migration law matters at Hall Payne include:

  • Gaining visas and overturning visa refusal decisions;
  • Overturning criminality-based visa cancellations and citizenship refusal decisions;
  • Successful AAT review applications, where documentation, genuine relationship, character, student status or health were in dispute.

There have been several wins in Leanne’s career but she remembers one particularly proudly. When the ten-year-old son of a Townsville nurse, Maria Sevilla, was refused a visa due to his autism, Hall Payne submitted a case to the AAT for ministerial intervention. Despite Ms Sevilla’s appeal initially being rejected, the AAT accepted this submission. On reviewing the substantive submission, Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton granted the Sevillas permanent visas. You can read about the decision here.

Leanne is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia and Migration Alliance. Outside work, she contributes to her community as an active Board Member of the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce and as a Director of Logan Community Bank (Bendigo).

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

17 Jan 2022  Google Robyn P

Thank you Jessica Hodge! What a superstar! My experience with Jessica and Hall Payne was at all times one of dealing with consummate professionals.

Jessica over delivered at every turn. She provided solid, pragmatic advice and is sharp as a tack! She saw me through to the Qld Industrial Relations Commission and with her impeccable guidance I received a positive outcome. More importantly to me, I felt validated and vindicated.

29 Nov 2021  Google Kerry C

I had a complex employment matter that had to go initially to the Fair Work Commission. My lawyer Luke Tiley was in every sense awesome in his advocacy, swift & incisive in his response, professional and incredibly talented as an employment lawyer.

I would definitely recommend this firm, and especially Luke Tiley for any employment matter you may have. 5 stars plus.

16 Oct 2021  Facebook Jason N
I had a tough case against opponents with much deeper pockets than myself. I contacted other law firms that you see advertising. They all said my case was either two difficult or I did not have a case at all. By chance Megan Stanley of Hall Payne solicitors was recommended. Megan looked at my case and said she would be happy to act for me. In the end I was awarded a favourable settlement. Megan and her team make you feel from the outset that she is a top level solicitor with a very capable team backing her. I would not hesitate to recommend Hall Payne to anyone. Thanks again for everything, job well done. Jason.
28 Sep 2021  Google Tommy A

Thank you Cale Fryer and Hall Payne Lawyers for the professional service and getting a successful claim in 1st Queensland hard metal exposure. Regards, Tommy A

17 Sep 2021  Google Karen J

Incredibly supportive, professional, competent and individualised services provided by this firm. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Juliana and Linda M have provided invaluable support that went above and beyond while also providing me with the best representation I could hope for. Highly recommended

07 Sep 2021  Google Gary B

When I had some difficulty with a work issue I had to use a Lawyer for the first time and was recommended Kris Birch was wonderful. She was honest and gave me the advice and spent time talking me through all the finer details of the issue.

Kris helped me get the best result and would definitely recommend Kris and if I need to, I would definitely use her legal brain again. Thank You Kris

31 Aug 2021  Google Glenn H

5 star review

10 Aug 2021  Google Joseph T

Leanne has helped my family and me through the AAT review. She has displayed professionalism in her work and always offered true and genuine advices. Her experiences with the AAT has also helped and guided us in many possible ways that you can imagine. It would be daunting without her assistance along the way. Great thank you to Leanne and her firm.

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Recent Blogs by Leanne

Permanent residency options for New Zealanders living in Australia

Permanent residency for New Zealanders living in Australia

A close look at one option for permanent residency for New Zealand citizens: Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) (New Zealand Stream) Visa for Subclass 444 visa holders.

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What happens if someone fails the character test for Australian citizenship?

Australian citizenship applications and the character test

Someone granted citizenship who later displays attributes which bring into question their “good character” can find themselves in circumstances where the government seeks to revoke their citizenship status.

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Federal Court finds income protection insurer TAL breached its duty to act with utmost good faith

Federal Court determines insurer acted unfairly in cancelling policy and demanding $24,649.91 from the insured individual

After being diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, a woman made a claim on her income protection insurance. Not only was the claim was denied by TAL, but they also cancelled her insurance policy and advised her that she owed them $24,649.91 for a “breach of your duty of good faith”.

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Australian visa health requirements

Appeal options for visa applicants rejected due to failing the health requirement

In Australia, most visa applicants must meet minimum health requirements before a visa will be granted. It’s called ‘obtaining a health clearance’. In recent times, there has been a number of media articles about applicants failing this requirement and looking at having to leave the country.

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