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

24 Jun 2022  Google Tricia L.R

Incredibly astute, responsive and knowledgable service, with a very strong compass guided by social justice

13 Jun 2022  Google Stephen F

Kris was great, She gave us confidence and calmness in a horrible experience. Thank you.

13 Jun 2022  Google Samuel G

Thank you so much Hall and Payne Lawyers for your assistance with my affairs. Leanne and Shirley took care of my matters with professionalism and awesome service.

To have these guys on your side when you are at your wits end provided me with peace of mind and the opportunity to live a better life due to my successful claims. I could not have done it without their help. Thank you Hall and Payne! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

31 May 2022  Google Pili R

It was a pleasure to deal with Hall Payne Lawyers for our personal wills.

In particular Mr. Ian Kelly who made it easy to navigate through the documents and interacted with us to suit our needs.

20 May 2022  Google Mel C

In my late 30’s self employed professional, I fell from grace, bankrupt, lost my health, my career and my marriage. Hall Payne was the shining light for me through these very dark times, the better part of 5 years in which they took the helm and left no stone unturned.

The result: three successful claims (2TPD & 1IP) the best possible outcome and an absolutely outstanding law firm to deal with. Special thanks to Leanne: Her diligence to handle all the complexities that occurred along the way was infallible and I am forever grateful for her support. Highly Recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

19 May 2022  Google Jillian F

5 star review

05 May 2022  Google Roger K

I am very pleased to write a review for this firm. When you need help everything seems so complicated. These wonderful lawyers make you feel at ease with real advice from a caring base that is easy to understand. Professionals that care, that says it all.

20 Apr 2022  Facebook Bronwen G
Alexander Williams dealt with my Work Place employment issue. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional and achieved the desired outcome
Thankyou!

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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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