Madeleine O’Brien


Madeleine O’Brien is an Associate in Hall Payne’s employment and industrial relations team.

Madeleine is passionate about pursuing justice for ordinary workers.

“I joined Hall Payne because I wanted to be part of a firm that protects the rights of workers and their families.”

Through her work on disputes in the health, financial services, construction and resources sectors, Madeleine has developed a broad commercial awareness and insight into a variety of industries and regulatory environments. She has also completed internships at the Young Workers Centre and the Association of Employees with Disability.

“Employment disputes can be stressful and complex. It’s satisfying to be able to assist deserving clients to access their rights and entitlements and achieve good outcomes.”

Before joining Hall Payne, Madeleine worked in the employment and industrial practice of a national law firm where she gained exposure to a breadth of individual employment and industrial disputes, regulatory inquiries and investigations.

Madeleine is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, Victorian Women Lawyers and the Law Institute of Victoria.

In her spare time, Madeleine enjoys reading, collecting records and travelling. She also volunteers at West Justice Community Legal Centre and with Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project.

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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Hall Payne wins successful appeal on employer misrepresentations during enterprise bargaining

Hall Payne wins successful appeal on employer misrepresentations during enterprise bargaining

Representing our client, the NTEU, we had an excellent outcome in relation to misrepresentations made during the approval process for an enterprise agreement at a large university. The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission determined the enterprise agreement was not genuinely agreed.

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Powers of Australian regulators and implications for employees involved in investigations

Powers of Australian regulators and implications for employees involved in investigations

There are a number of regulatory bodies in Australia whose investigative powers intersect with workplace and work-related activities. It’s crucial for employees who are subject to, or anticipate being subject to an investigation by a regulator, to seek legal advice to protect their interests.

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Additional hours – what is reasonable?

Additional hours – what is reasonable?

According to The Australia Institute, the average Australian worker performs 6 weeks of unpaid overtime a year, worth over $8,000 per worker, per year. Managers and professionals experience the highest rates of unpaid overtime and excessive or unreasonable hours.

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Whistleblower protections in the private sector

Whistleblower protections in the private sector

A whistleblower may make a protected disclosure for a variety of reasons, including to expose wrongdoing or unlawful activity, or to prevent harm to the public or the environment.

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