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 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.

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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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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In Australia, there are strict guidelines and processes for all visa applications and it’s not simply a matter of having a friend help you with your application.

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