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 nationally accredited mediator.

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 is also a Member of the Fair Work Commission Legal Reference Group, chaired by the President, Ross J.

Ingmar has been listed as a Preeminent Employment & WHS Senior Counsel within NSW, and Leading Senior Counsel in Australia in the Doyle's Guide 2018.

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

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

PSA v Industrial Relations Secretary [2017] NSWSC 1473. Appeared for the NSW Government in a case concerning award interpretation.

CFMEU v Anglo American Metallurgical Coal [2017] FCAFC 123. Appeared for the unions in the coal mining industry in a case seeking to quash a decision of the FWC.

Endeavour Energy v CEPU (2016) 244 FCR 178. Appeared for the CEPU in the case that determined the capacity of the Federal Court to overturn arbitration decisions made by the FWC.

Adcock v Blackmores Ltd [2016] FCCA 265 (on appeal). Appeared for Blackmores responding to a claim of adverse action and breach of contract arising in a redundancy situation.

Equal Remuneration Case [2015] FWCFB 8200. Appeared for the IEU in the case that determined the principles for bringing applications for equal remuneration orders (proceeding continuing).

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

SafeWork NSW v Billyard Homes Pty Ltd [2017] NSWDC 336. Appeared for the defendant in respect of a residential construction incident.

Attorney General NSW v Air Conditioning Engineering Services Pty Ltd [2013] NSWCCA 300, heard at the same time as Attorney General NSW v Built NSW Pty Ltd [2013] NSWCCA 299. For the defendant in a case involving questions of whether the charges laid were defective.

Nash v Eastern Star Gas [2013] NSWIRComm 75. For the prosecutor arising from a fatality alleging a breach of s8(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (NSW).

Chevalley v Industrial Court of NSW [2011] NSWCA 357. For the prosecutor in proceedings concerning power of the Industrial Court to determine charges against directors under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (NSW).

Notable Cases

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.

Coal and Allied Operations v AIRC (2000) 203 CLR 194. The case which determined the nature of an appeal to a Full Bench of the federal tribunal. Read More

ACI Operations Pty Ltd v Field [2011] NSWIRComm 5. Whether rights of injured workers to seek reinstatement provided by the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) were rendered invalid by the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

Bankstown Handicapped Children’s Centre Association Inc v Hillman (2010) 182 FCR 483. Proceedings which considered, inter alia, whether the charity was a trading corporation within the meaning of s51(xx) of the Constitution.