Luke Forsyth


“I enjoy the lateral thinking needed to find a path to a resolution for my client."

About Luke Forsyth

Luke Forsyth is a Principal at Hall Payne. He practises in the firm’s industrial relations and employment law teams and since 2014 Luke has been consistently recognised as one of Australia’s leading employment lawyers by his peers in the Doyle’s Guide.

“No two matters are the same,” says Luke of his work advising unions, workers, senior executives, managers and health professionals. “I like difficult cases and I enjoy the lateral thinking needed to find a path to a resolution for my client.”

Luke started with Hall Payne in 2001, before leaving to work as the Senior Legal Officer at the Queensland Nurses’ Union in 2008. He returned in 2012 and was appointed Principal.

“I love helping people in desperate circumstances to achieve a successful outcome. And I believe everyone should have access to skilled legal representation regardless of how much money they have.”

Luke brings 15 years experience to his work with unions in the mining, electrical, construction, manufacturing and public sector areas, as well as with local government, aviation and health. He also specialises in advising on matters of:

  • recovering STI, LTI and other bonuses
  • restraint of trade and confidential information matters
  • defamation
  • Professional, particularly health practitioner, registration and professional conduct
  • employee contractual entitlements and common law claims
  • Competition and Consumer Act claim
  • discrimination and sexual harassment
  • all termination of employment claims
  • research misconduct matters

Luke’s dual practice across defamation and employment law means he has an acute understanding of the importance of how reputation is the cornerstone of someone’s professional and personal life. With this focus, Luke has achieved strong outcomes for employees at all levels, while maintaining the relationships and reputations of his clients throughout the process.

The most satisfying case Luke recalls is the 2014 dispute between the Queensland Government and senior medical officers (SMOs). “We resisted the introduction of draconian individual contracts for SMOs and visiting medical officers and ultimately achieved a fairer contract.”

Luke completed a Bachelor of Laws  at Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Queensland. He is a member of the New South Wales (NSW) Law Society, Union Lawyers and Industrial Officers NSW, and the NSW Industrial Relations Society.

When not at work, Luke enjoys reading, cycling and heading to the beach.


Doyles Award Leading Employment Lawyers 2019

Leading Employment Lawyer (Employee & Trade Union Representation) Rankings – New South Wales 2019
Doyles Guide 2019


Leading Employment Lawyers (Employee & Trade Union Representation) – NSW
Doyles Guide 2018

Contact Details

Sydney Office
Suite 402, Level 4,
262 Pitt St
Sydney 2000


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
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