Luke started with Hall Payne Lawyers in 2008 and was appointed as a Principal of the Firm in 2015 and a Director of the Firm in 2016. He is recognised as one of the leading employment and industrial relations lawyers in Australia, having featured in the 2016 Doyle’s Guide listings for top employment lawyers at both a state and national level.
Luke regularly appears in the various Courts and Tribunals that deal with Employment, Industrial, Defamation and Anti-discrimination proceedings. In Queensland, Luke most often practises in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (formerly the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia) and the Federal Court of Australia. He also has a burgeoning practice in the Northern Territory and often travels to Darwin to appear in litigious matters.
Luke’s expertise has been called on by some of Australia’s largest workplace organisations. He has completed secondments with United Voice (2009), the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (2010) and the Finance Sector Union (2012). As a result of his experiences on secondment Luke has a unique understanding of what the firm’s trade union clients seek to achieve.
Luke is currently a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and a former member of the Management Committee of the Welfare Rights Centre Inc. For several years he was a volunteer legal advisor at the Caxton Legal Centre’s Employment Law Clinic and authors the employment law chapter of Caxton’s “Queensland Law Handbook”.