Ingmar Taylor SC was called to the Bar in 1997, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012. He specialises in employment and industrial law, including all matters arising under the Fair Work Act. He appears for employers, unions, Government and the Fair Work Ombudsman. His particular expertise includes cases concerning conditions of employment, enterprise bargaining, dismissal, rights of registered organisations and contracts of employment.

Ingmar also has an extensive workplace health and safety practice, regularly appearing as the prosecutor and for defendants.

In addition to being briefed by solicitors, Ingmar frequently takes direct-access work from experienced industrial relations practitioners and in-house counsel. Ingmar is also a trained and experienced mediator.

In the last two years Ingmar has acted for or advised Ambulance NSW, AMWU, APESMA, AWU, BlueScope, CFMMEU, ClubsNSW, NRL, Fire + Rescue NSW, IEU, Merivale, Multiplex, NSW Government, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, RTBU, Uber, Westpac and Woolworths.

His approach to each case is structured around the needs and capabilities of his legal team and the client. Ingmar favours a spirit of collaboration in order to achieve optimal results. He welcomes input and believes not in sitting behind a desk, but around one. He immerses himself in the detail, in order to gain the best possible understanding of the matter as quickly as possible.

He is happy to undertake pro bono work for legal centres and actively encourages requests for assistance.

Ingmar is the Editor of the Industrial Reports, and the specialist Industrial Law Editor for the NSW Law Reports. Since 2012, Ingmar has been the Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Industrial Law Committee.

Ingmar was listed by Doyles Guide in 2019 and 2020 as one of six Preeminent Employment Law Senior Counsel in Australia. He is separately listed as Preeminent Employment Law Senior Counsel in NSW.

Ingmar is also listed by Doyles Guide 2020 as Leading Senior Counsel in Workplace Health and Safety Law in NSW.

Ingmar is the Editor of the Bar News, the journal of the NSW Bar Association.

Ingmar is an avid supporter of the Belvoir Theatre Company and the Sydney Swans.

Focus Areas + Select Cases

Hewlett-Packard Australia Pty Ltd v Subasic [2021] ACTCA 3. Appeared for the successful plaintiff at first instance and on appeal seeking to enforce her contractual right to sales based bonus.

Connelly v Bluescope Steel (AIS) Pty Ltd (No 3) [2020] FCCA 2902. Appeared for the respondent company in a case concerning underpayments under contract, pursuant to ss323, 543 545 and 546 of the Fair Work Act.

Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union v Transport Workers' Union [2020] FWCFB 3200. Appeared for the RTBU in proceedings to expand its coverage.

Matthews v Markos [2019] FCA 1827. Appeared for the applicant successfully seeking leave to make a claim for unlawful sex discrimination.

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v Boom Logistics Limited; WGC Crane Group Pty Ltd [2018] FWCFB 6200. Appeared for Boom in a case that considered what is pattern bargaining within the meaning of s412 of the Fair Work Act.

King v PIA Mortgage Services Pty Ltd & Ors [2018] FCCA 3426. Appeared for the applicant successfully asserting adverse action arising from termination of employment. Also considered non-payment of annual leave and claims of misleading and deceptive conduct under the Consumer Law.

Fair Work Ombudsman v Lohr [2018] FCA 5. Appeared for the successful appellant in a matter concerning penalties for underpayments.

Linnane v Cummings [2020] NSWDC. Successful prosecution following a 9 day trial arising from fatality in an opal mine.

Poletti Corporation Pty Ltd v SafeWork NSW [2020] NSWCCA 243. Appeared for the prosecutor in the Court of Criminal Appeal in an appeal against conviction.

Orr v LD Operations Pty Ltd [2019] NSWDC 727. Appeared for the defendant on a plea of guilty arising from an incident in a coal mine.

McMahon v SafeWork [2019] NSWCCA 36. Appeared for the prosecutor in the Court of Criminal Appeal in a case where the offender unsuccessfully sought to reduce the sentence. Case considered the question of culpability of an employer for a failure by a supervisor.

SafeWork NSW v Freyssinet Australia Pty Ltd [2017] NSWDC 290. Successful prosecution following an 8 day trial arising from a commercial construction site injury.

Notable Cases

Re Crown Employees (Public Sector – Salaries 2020) Award & Other Matters (No2) [2020] NSWIRComm 1066. Appeared for the NSW Government in proceedings to set rates of pay for most NSW public sector workers.

Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union [2020] HCA 29. Appeared for the respondent union with Lucy Saunders and Celia Winnett in a case that determined the minimum personal leave entitlement under the Fair Work Act.

Bluescope Steel (AIS) Pty Ltd v Australian Workers' Union [2019] FCAFC 84. Appeared for the AWU in an appeal that determined what proportion of standard fortnightly remuneration should be used to calculate superannuation contributions under Superannuation Guarantee legislation.

Endeavour Coal Pty Ltd v Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia [2012] FCA 764. Appeared for the applicant in the leading authority on making good faith bargaining orders.

Workplace Relations Case (2006) 229 CLR 1. The case that determined the validity of the WorkChoices legislation.