Area of expertise

Commercial Law

  • Industrial Relations
  • Discrimination
  • Work Health & Safety

Tim McDonald

Partner LLB, BA, Accredited Specialist in Industrial and Employment law

office Sydney
phone +61 2 9234 4576

Tim McDonald practises in employment and industrial law, work health and safety, discrimination, bullying and harassment, management of injured workers and termination of employment.

Over the last 20 years, he has advised and represented private and public sector employers, from a broad range of industries, such as insurance, security, clubs, hospitality, retail, health, manufacturing, clerical, transport and logistics, real estate, building and construction, schools and higher education. These clients include some of Australia’s largest companies.

Tim was previously the Senior Adviser to the Commonwealth Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. Prior to this role, he was the Director – Employment Relations of the Employer’s Federation, a peak council, in which he acted in many landmark industrial cases and projects.

Tim is a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial Law.

Tim has served on numerous committees including the Executive Committee of the Industrial Relations Society, the Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Committee for Employment and Industrial Law, the Workplace Relations Policy Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Legal Policy Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and as a Director of the Building and Construction Industry Long Service Leave Corporation.

Tim received the Lawyers Monthly Legal Award for Employment & Industrial Lawyer of the Year (Australia) in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Published Articles


Workplace Directions

As part of its four yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down a landmark decision…

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Just in: FWC cuts Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates

Workplace Directions

As part of its review of Modern Awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has today reduced Sunday and Public Holiday penalty…

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Modern Award Review update

Workplace Directions

Since December 2013, the Fair Work Commission (‘Commission’) has been undertaking the 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards (‘Review’). As part…

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Professional Membership

  • Industrial Relations Society NSW
  • Law Society of NSW
  • Law Society Specialist Accreditation Employment & Industrial Law Advisory Committee