Ingmar Taylor SC

Solicitor 1990 / Barrister 1997 / Silk 2012



  • Bachelor of Arts (Adelaide) 1987
  • Bachelor of Laws (Adelaide) 1989
  • Master of Laws (Sydney) 1992
  • Mediation training (Resolution Institute) 2017

Ingmar Taylor SC is a senior barrister specialising in employment and industrial law, including all matters arising under the Fair Work Act 2009. His expertise includes cases concerning conditions of employment, enterprise bargaining, dismissal, rights of registered organisations and contracts of employment. Ingmar also has an extensive work, health and safety (WHS) practice, regularly appearing both as prosecutor and for defendants.

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

Ingmar appears for employers, unions, State and Commonwealth government entities and the Fair Work Ombudsman. In addition to being briefed by solicitors, Ingmar frequently takes direct-access work from experienced industrial relations practitioners and in-house counsel. He is also a trained and experienced mediator.

In the last two years, Ingmar has acted for or advised a variety of unions (including AMWU, APESMA, AWU, IEU and RTBU), large and small employers (including BlueScope, ClubsNSW, NRL, Merivale, Multiplex, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Uber, Westpac and Woolworths) and the NSW Government.

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

Outside of work, Ingmar is a cyclist, and an avid supporter of the Belvoir Theatre Company and the Sydney Swans.


  • Employment law and industrial relations
  • Work, Health and Safety (WHS)

Professional Recognition

  • Doyles Guide 2019-2021, Leading Employment Law Senior Counsel, NSW -- Preeminent
  • Doyles Guide 2019-2021, Leading Work Health and Safety Senior Counsel NSW -- Preeminent
  • Doyles Guide 2019-2020, Leading Employment Law Senior Counsel, Australia -- Preeminent

Focus Areas + Select Cases

Employment & Industrial Relations

Fair Work Ombudsman v Lohr [2018] FCA 5.

Ingmar appeared for the successful appellant in a matter concerning penalties for underpayments.

King v PIA Mortgage Services Pty Ltd & Ors [2018] FCCA 3426.

Ingmar appeared for the applicant in a successful adverse action claim arising from termination of employment. The court also considered non-payment of annual leave and claims of misleading and deceptive conduct under the Consumer Law.

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v Boom Logistics Limited; WGC Crane Group Pty Ltd [2018] FWCFB 6200.

Ingmar appeared for Boom in a case that considered what constituted ‘pattern bargaining’ within the meaning of section 412 of the Fair Work Act.

Matthews v Markos [2019] FCA 1827.

Ingmar appeared for the applicant, successfully seeking leave to make a claim for unlawful sex discrimination.

Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union v Transport Workers’ Union [2020] FWCFB 3200.

Ingmar appeared for the RTBU in proceedings to expand its coverage.

Connelly v Bluescope Steel (AIS) Pty Ltd (No 3) [2020] FCCA 2902.

Ingmar appeared for the respondent company in a case concerning underpayments under contract, pursuant to sections 323, 543 545 and 546 of the Fair Work Act 2009.

Work Health & Safety Law

Linnane v Cummings [2020] NSWDC.

Successful prosecution following a nine-day trial arising from fatality in an opal mine.

Poletti Corporation Pty Ltd v SafeWork NSW [2020] NSWCCA 243.

Ingmar appeared for the prosecutor in the Court of Criminal Appeal in an appeal against conviction.

Orr v LD Operations Pty Ltd [2019] NSWDC 727.

Ingmar appeared for the defendant on a guilty plea arising from a coal mine incident.

McMahon v SafeWork [2019] NSWCCA 36.

Ingmar appeared for the prosecutor in an appeal on sentence. The court considered the question of culpability of an employer for a supervisor’s failure.

SafeWork NSW v Freyssinet Australia Pty Ltd [2017] NSWDC 290.

Ingmar appeared in this successful prosecution arising from a commercial construction site injury, which followed an eight-day trial.

Ingmar's Notable Cases

Re Crown Employees (Public Sector – Salaries 2020) Award & Other Matters (No2) [2020] NSWIRComm 1066. Ingmar 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. Ingmar 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 2009.

BlueScope Steel (AIS) Pty Ltd v Australian Workers’ Union [2019] FCAFC 84. Ingmar 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.

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

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

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