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).