Kris Birch

Solicitor

“I enjoy helping the underdog who would otherwise be disadvantaged by the inherent power imbalance between employers and employees. People come to me with a legal problem and it’s my job to help them fix it.”

About Kris Birch

Kris Birch specialises in industrial relations and employment law at Hall Payne and is also a valued member of the criminal law team. She has a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University and is admitted to practice in South Australia (Barrister and Solicitor), Queensland (Lawyer) and as a Solicitor for the High Court of Australia.

Kris has wanted to be a lawyer since she was young. “I’m passionate about social justice and I genuinely enjoy helping people at a time when they need help the most” she says. She loves the varied nature of employment law and criminal law and the challenges of her diverse client base.

“I enjoy helping the underdog who would otherwise be disadvantaged by the inherent power imbalance between employers and employees. People come to me with a legal problem and it’s my job to help them fix it.”

Before Hall Payne, Kris spent approximately five years working as an Industrial Services Officer for the Independent Education Union of Australia (Queensland and Northern Territory Branch) and gained a thorough understanding of the education sector. During her employment with Hall Payne, Kris has also completed a secondment with the CFMEU Mining & Energy Division, which resonated with Kris having a thorough understanding of the industry due to being raised in a remote mining town.

Kris’ long term tenure within the union movement, in two starkly contrasting sectors, means that she has gained a thorough understanding of the legal issues and concerns faced by unions, officials and their members.

Kris is often described by her clients as being personable and pragmatic in her approach to matters and she consistently receives positive feedback from her clients. For criminal matters, she most often appears in the various Magistrates Courts across Queensland and has also appeared in the District Court and Supreme Court. Kris also appears in the various Commissions and Tribunals for employment law and industrial relations matters.

She is a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and the Queensland Council of Civil Liberties. She volunteers with the LGBTI Legal Service and a community legal centre. Kris is also on the management committee of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.

In her free time, Kris stays busy with Taekwondo, camping, hockey and fishing. She loves spending time on her boat fishing and participating in water sports with her family and friends.

Contact Details

Ground Floor, 27 Peel Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
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