Luke Forsyth


Luke Forsyth is a Principal in Hall Payne’s Sydney office. He practises in the firm’s industrial relations and employment law teams. Since 2014 Luke has been consistently recognised as one of Australia’s leading employment lawyers by his peers in the Doyle’s Guide.

Luke started with Hall Payne in 2001 before leaving to work as the Senior Legal Officer at the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union in 2008. He returned in 2012 and was appointed Principal.

Luke brings 21 years of experience to his work. He acts for a large range of clients, from senior executives of listed corporations to unions and their members across the country.

He is known for his commercial acumen and is frequently retained to act for senior executives in employment disputes. Luke’s focus is on the timely and confidential resolutions of employment disputes, ensuring not only that his clients are adequately compensated for the wrongs against them but that their future employment prospects are protected by recognising that an equally important task in resolving a dispute is ensuring that his client’s reputations are protected.

Luke’s practice across defamation and employment law means he has an acute understanding of the importance of how reputation is the cornerstone of someone’s professional and personal life. With this focus, Luke has achieved strong outcomes for employees at all levels while maintaining the relationships and reputations of his clients throughout the process.

Luke is an experienced litigator, acting for clients in Federal and State Courts and tribunals. He specialises in advising on matters of:

  • all Fair Work Act 2009 matters, including unfair dismissals, general protections claims and claims for contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009;
  • State and Commonwealth public sector employment disputes and claims;
  • employee contractual entitlements and common law claims;
  • recovering short-term incentive (“STI”), long-term incentive (“LTI”) and other bonuses;
  • restraint of trade and confidential information matters;
  • defamation;
  • professional, particularly health practitioners, registration and professional misconduct matters;
  • Competition and Consumer Act claims;
  • discrimination and sexual harassment;
  • all termination of employment/unfair dismissal claims; and
  • research misconduct matters.

Luke is a member of:

  • New South Wales (NSW) Law Society;
  • NSW Law Society’s Employment Law Committee;
  • Union Lawyers and Industrial Officers NSW; and
  • NSW Industrial Relations Society.

He is also an accomplished author, contributing to the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union’s “Nurses and Law”, editions 1, 2 and 3 and is a contributor to the first edition of Lexis Nexis publication “Workplace Investigations: Principles and Practice”.

When not at work, Luke enjoys reading, cycling and heading to the beach.

Reviews for Hall Payne Sydney

24 May 2024  Google Tessa B
The whole team were so helpful and the advice I received from Charlotte was explained so well and very thorough.
I would highly recommend Hall Payne to anyone who needs help with employment issues.
19 Mar 2024  Google Benjamin A

4-star rating

08 Mar 2024  Google Rob O

Hall Payne Lawyers were referred to me and I'm so glad I engaged their services. Joe, Tim and Luke were nothing but professional, efficient and great to work with.

From my initial contact the facts and potential outcomes were clearly communicated with empathy yet the commercial reality of any court proceedings. During the process I found the matter seamless within the firm and was really appreciative of a very successful outcome.

Appointing good legal representation is of the outmost importance and Hall Payne certainly did the job for me!

22 Feb 2024  Google Jonathan C

Contacted Hill Payne Lawyers for some help with a contract. Delighted with the prompt availability over the phone, reasonable prices and billing terms. Tim spoke clearly and was easy to follow and provided valuable insights.

14 Feb 2024  Google Zaneta H

Very knowledgeable and nice to work with!

13 Feb 2024  Google Dylan R

I had the pleasure of working with Leanne Taylor for my 491 visa application, and I couldn't be happier with the experience.

Leanne's expertise and professionalism were evident from the start, guiding me through every step of the process with patience and clarity. Her personalized approach and attention to detail made a daunting process feel manageable and even straightforward.

I greatly appreciate Leanne's dedication and support, and I wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone in need of immigration assistance.

Thank you, Leanne, for your exceptional support and expertise!

05 Feb 2024  Google Lawrence

I cannot speak highly enough of the team at Hall Payne Lawyers. Their service and dedication have left an impression on me, and I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone in need of legal representation.

From the very beginning, Hall Payne Lawyers demonstrated their commitment to understanding my unique situation. They took the time to patiently listen to my concerns, asking questions to gain a comprehensive understanding of the matter at hand. With this information, they provided me with an initial opinion and transparent cost estimates, allowing me to assess my options with clarity and confidence.

As soon as I enlisted their services, I felt an immense sense of relief knowing that I had entrusted my case to a team of highly experienced professionals. Their expertise and professionalism were evident in every interaction and decision they made on my behalf.

Thanks to their exceptional negotiation skills and understanding of the legal landscape, Hall Payne Lawyers successfully achieved the outcome I had hoped for. Their strategic approach, combined with their commitment to my best interests, proved to be a winning combination.

I cannot express enough gratitude to the entire team at Hall Payne Lawyers. I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone seeking legal representation. With Hall Payne Lawyers you are in the hands of true professionals who will fight relentlessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Thanks again !

18 Aug 2023  Google Paul M

5-star rating

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Recent Blogs by Luke

Registered health practitioners have an obligation to notify their National Board of criminal charges

Health practitioners’ obligations to notify AHPRA of criminal charges

In most cases, health practitioners are required to inform AHPRA if they have been “charged” with a criminal offence, whether or not they are convicted.

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What happens when conditions are imposed on a health practitioners’ registration?

What happens when conditions are imposed on a health practitioners’ registration?

Despite a health practitioner’s best efforts, sometimes conditions may still be imposed upon their registration by a Health Practitioner National Board via AHPRA or the Office of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland.

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When health practitioners face proposed immediate action

Immediate action against health practitioners

For health practitioners, facing the prospect of having immediate action taken against their professional registration can be one of the most stressful times in a health practitioner’s professional career, and it can be difficult for health practitioners to determine who to turn to for assistance.

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AHPRA framework to manage vexatious complaints against health practitioners

AHPRA framework to manage vexatious complaints against health practitioners

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is aware that vexatious notifications are made against health practitioners from time to time. To help identify and manage vexatious complaints, AHPRA has developed a framework for use by staff and regulatory decision-makers.

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