Luke Tiley

Principal

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 has volunteered with the Caxton Legal Centre and authored the employment law chapter of Caxton’s Queensland law handbook.

Record collecting, golf and travel keep Luke happily busy when he is not at work.

Reviews for Hall Payne Brisbane

31 Mar 2021  Google Layla T

Fantastic; I could not speak highly enough professional, quick and honest, kept me informed every step of the way.

20 Mar 2021  Google Kerri S

Thankyou to both Cale Fryer and Jaclyn Green for their thorough diligence and professional work. They both consulted with me on the specifics of what is to be expected and guided me through an ordeal that was not a comfortable experience, by doing this it made the ordeal manageable. I found them to be educational but approachable. Direct but kind. Driven but tolerant and patient through my hard times. I would recommend both Cale and Jaclyn to other individuals who are having Social Injustice matters or that may be in need of a genuinely professional Solicitor. Thankyou very much Kerri

13 Mar 2021  Google Glenys A

HPL were thorough in their investigative research, analytical, and prompt with their responses. There was always good communication. I found them to be extremely approachable helping me as their client to feel at ease. Throughout my lawyer remained objective and the result was the achievement of a fair and just outcome. Good Value! I Highly recommend them!

02 Mar 2021  Google Debbie L

Always very kind, encouraging, considerate, polite , courteous and most of all professional. I would have no problem in recommending Hall Payne Lawyers to anyone in the future. A Big Thank you!

25 Feb 2021  Email Kevin L

I would like to give Kris Birch and Sarah Cavanagh a '5 star review' based on their promptness and due diligence. Kris Birch’s performance in court was outstanding and supplied me with the best outcome, if I could give a 12/10 I would. 

23 Feb 2021  Google Suzanne W

What an amazing experience, with not only an amazing team but a sensational Lawyer. The Hall Payne Lawyers and especially Kalina were knowledgeable, informing and most importantly supportive. The response to my questions, and retrospectively nervous queries provided my with the ability to feel positive during this time. Highly recommended team.

15 Feb 2021  Google Dana T

I engaged Hall Payne to provide advice on some questions I had regarding a contract and their service was prompt and helpful. Ellie was able to explain the scenarios and provide helpful advice to allow me to make an informed decision. Overall a very good experience. Would recommend to other people looking for support regarding employment contract advice.

15 Feb 2021  Google Sandra B

5 stars - no comments

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Recent Blogs by Luke

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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AMOU and Maritime Officer Win Expenses Reimbursement

Maritime Officer wins “reimbursement of revalidation expenses” originally rejected by employer

Another great win for Maritime Officers. This decision is a significant win for the Union and its members and provides clarity for members to access benefits of any additional obligations of the employer that may exist under the Agreement.

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Enterprise Agreement dispute win for ETU members – CEPU versus Kentz Pty Ltd

ETU members compensated to the tune of over $28,000 in enterprise agreement win

We recently represented the Electrical Trades Union in a dispute related to the interpretation of a clause in the Kentz Pty Ltd Ichthys Onshore Construction Greenfields Agreement. The clause related to the payment of licence allowances, in addition to the base hourly rate. The Federal Court found in favour of the ETU and its affected members.

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Over $198,000 backpay for mine workers plus fines for Rio Tinto

Over $198,000 backpay for mine workers plus fines for Rio Tinto

Regular readers of the Hall Payne blog will recall our April 2018 article “Rio Tinto fined again for breach of Hail Creek enterprise agreement”. That story related to breach of…

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