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

16 Jan 2021  Google Karen T

Kris is passionate about what she does, a realistic down to earth person who knows her job and how to do it. I would highly recommend Kris .

09 Dec 2020  Google Wayne

Cameron and the team in the South Brisbane practice were so professional and supportive in dealing with my matter. I highly recommend Hall Payne Lawyers for any one who values honest advice and a professional team around you.

09 Dec 2020  Google Tanya B

Highly experienced and knowledgable team who consistently maintained engagement, support and collaboration both professionally and personally.

05 Dec 2020  Google Michael K

Luke Tiley sought first to understand. He was thorough and considered in his approach to my matters and provided options, carefully detailing potential advantages and disadvantages of options. This was done without fuss and with a refreshing honesty. He maintained a professional, style with a respectful approach. I appreciated his frank authenticity and his expedient efficient way of dealing with complexity.

Luke understood me as a person and the situation I found myself in, leading me ultimately to a positive resolve in relation to the matters I faced. His interventions made a difficult situation resolvable. If you are seeking efficient, client focussed authentic counsel and support in relation to employment issues, I highly recommend Luke Tiley whose experience, efficiency and commitment to my cause, was abundantly apparent.

23 Nov 2020  Google Lachlan S

Kris Birch handled an unfair dismissal case for me through my union. Kris was retained only a few days before the case went to conciliation. I was very impressed by Kris' ability to have a full and complete understanding of my case with only a few days to prepare. Kris took the time to explain the intricacy's of the legal process to me and answer any questions I had. The eventual settlement was much better than I had expected. I truly believe that I would not have received such a good outcome had Kris not been representing me. If anyone I knew were in need of an employment law specialist, I would strongly recommend they use Hall and Payne lawyers.

10 Nov 2020  Google Damian K

Five stars - no comment

30 Oct 2020  Google Ian S

Cale and Jaclyn make a great team! I was in all sorts of trouble from a serious motorcycle accident and wasn't able to return to my previous duties. Cale and Jackie sorted things out promptly. Cale and his team bent over backwards for me and had my best interests at hand!!! I will definitly will be reccomending them to people I know and in future and I will be using them for all my future legal matters! If there was a 6 star option, I would of chosen that instead of the 5!!! Thanks again guys for your help, VERY much appreciated!!! I felt very secure with this firm! Ian Simpson.

04 Oct 2020  Google Susan H

Very professional and supportive law firm. Responsive and courteous, highly recommend their services.

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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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