Our Board

John Payne

John Payne

John Payne has been a principal at Hall Payne since the firm’s inception in 1991. As one of Queensland’s most experienced and respected industrial relations lawyers, John has spent more than 30 years helping organisations with their diverse legal needs. John identifies firstly as a trade unionist, and then a lawyer, and brings these principles to his practice. Over three decades as a lawyer John has attained an impressive track record and national reputation.

He was awarded “pre-eminent lawyer in Queensland” for employees and union work. His expertise is highly sought across Australia, working with organisational clients in corporate governance, industrial relations, constitutions and structures. John is also experienced at drafting sophisticated employment instruments, contracts, merger agreements and operating agreements. He has previously lectured in workplace health and safety law. Looking back, John says he became a lawyer to “to get a better understanding of how you deal with injustice.” These days he mentors the firm’s young lawyers and says imagination is the biggest difference between good, or great, lawyers.

“Imagination allows you to find solutions others haven’t thought of.”

John is a director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Queensland, the Secretary of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and a board member with an Indian charity, The Child Labour Schools Company. In his spare time, John enjoys building cars, decks and working on other DIY projects.

Dr Pat

Dr. Patrick Thomas

Dr Patrick Thomas is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and cancer researcher in the School of Biomedical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is located at the Translational Research Institute and is a team member of both the Queensland Bladder Cancer Initiative and Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre. His research directly focuses on patient personalised models of therapy response, immune system biology and genomics in prostate and bladder cancers (https://www.mandate.org.au/news/41). This research is spearheaded by a multidisciplinary team formed by clinicians, researchers, allied health professionals and student researchers to get a holistic view of the patient experience. He has over 9 years of experience in the field of cancer research and has presented at over 16 national and international cancer meetings, having won multiple academic awards for research excellence.

He has previously lectured in anatomy, physiology, cancer biology and chronic disease burden at QUT and holds an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Patrick is an 8-year Movember veteran and campaigner. He is actively involved in raising awareness of prostate cancer in the community, having organised charity art auctions, symposiums, and presentations at cancer awareness events.