Luke Tiley


Luke Tiley is an Accredited Workplace Relations Law Specialist, and is recognised as one of Australia's leading employment and industrial relation lawyers.

Luke Tiley is a Principal at Hall Payne and is an Accredited Workplace Relations Law Specialist. Luke is consistently recognised as one of Australia’s leading employment law and industrial relations lawyers by Doyle’s Guide.

He practices primarily in industrial relations law for employees and trade unions in the construction, mining and manufacturing areas.

“I believe in dignity at work,” says Luke.

“A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”

Luke’s work takes him to the Northern Territory as well as the courts and tribunals that deal with employment, industrial, defamation and anti-discrimination proceedings. In Queensland, he most often practises in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia.

“I try to understand what each party is seeking and if it can, or can’t, be amicably resolved. My job is also to push boundaries to improve the outcome for those I represent as well as other workers who might benefit too.”

Luke has done secondments with United Voice, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and the Finance Sector Union, giving him a deep understanding of what trade union clients seek to achieve.

He remembers two cases especially well. In 2008, he worked on a case where 15,000 cleaners were ultimately given a pay rise.

“It was a significant win in an industry typified by exploitation.”

Earlier in his career, Luke was involved in litigation to recover wages stolen from Aboriginal people who were wards of the state in the 1950’s and 60’s.

“I enjoy how workplace law can profoundly affect everyday people, every day of their working life.”

Luke is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and a former member of the management committee of the Welfare Rights Centre Inc. He is a member of the Industrial Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He has volunteered with the Caxton Legal Centre and authored the employment law chapter of Caxton’s Queensland law handbook.

In September 2023 Luke relocated from Brisbane to Melbourne in order to head up the firm’s practice in Melbourne.

Reviews for Hall Payne Melbourne

02 Sep 2023  Email A.A

It has been a pleasure working with you for my case, Madeleine.  I felt well supported and your support navigating some of those tricky scenarios really helped me make better decisions. You have been a fantastic knowledgeable support in this process.

18 Apr 2023  Google Quecha H

I recently had the pleasure of working with this law firm and I cannot recommend them highly enough. They were absolutely instrumental in helping me defend myself and provided invaluable support during a very difficult time.

Throughout the entire process, the firm demonstrated professionalism, expertise, and unwavering dedication to my case.

I am so grateful for their help and would recommend them to anyone in need of legal assistance.

04 Nov 2022  Email Christine C

I just want to say thank you for your work on this case. I have felt so well supported and taken care of through this process, and am very happy with the outcome. 

I will not hesitate to recommend you personally Madeleine, and Hall Payne Lawyers to anyone in need of assistance in the future.

29 Mar 2022  Email S.M

Hello Madeleine and Brooke

Thank you so much for your email. It is so great to hear from AHPRA that their investigation is closed. Thank you so much for assisting in my case and I really appreciate the efforts and time spent on my case. I am very grateful to the Hall Payne Team and their timely response and understanding of the psychological toll of my case and for providing good support. 

16 Mar 2022  Email H.M

Madeleine, thank you for your time this morning. You were so clear and knowledgeable with your advice, it was very helpful to me. Many thanks also for your kind manner, and please pass on my thanks to Brooke for organising the meeting. I just wanted to add that I found Hall Payne to be such a friendly and efficient firm, and would recommend them to anyone.

02 Sep 2021  Facebook Jamie S

Very professional, check for the best possible outcome, very patent and well mannered. Thanks for great job so far Madeleine and Brooke

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Recent Blogs by Luke

Win delivers significant reduction in fines for CFMMEU after successful appeal

Win delivers significant reduction in fines for CFMMEU after successful appeal

In May 2021, the Australian Building and Construction Commission issued proceedings against the CFMMEU and two of its officials for breach of right of entry laws. In February 2022, the Federal Circuit Court ordered penalties, by way of fines. On appeal it was argued that these fines were manifestly excessive. The appeal court agreed, resulting in a reduction in fines by a total of over $54,000.

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Federal Court Win for Miner’s in Adverse Action Claim

Federal Court win in adverse action claim

In 2021, we successfully represented the CFMEU (QLD) in an adverse action claim against BM Alliance Coal Operations Pty Ltd. In January 2023, the Federal Court made an Order in favour of our client.

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Hay Point Services fined over $40,000 by Full Court for breach of enterprise agreement

Win for CFMMEU against employer for breach of enterprise agreement clause related to unreasonable overtime

Hall Payne Lawyers wins another case for CFMMEU with employer having fine imposed by the Federal Court in the sum of $40,500.

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Spotless Cleaning and Berkeley Challenge lose Full Court appeals

Full Court appeals see significant win for workers terminated under s.119 of the Fair Work Act

Full Court appeals see a win for workers and their union. On 1 July 2020, the Full Court of the Federal Court dismissed two appeals, finding that the termination of employment of the affected employees did not fall within the exception of ‘ordinary and customary turnover of labour’.

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