Rachael Arnold


Rachael Arnold

Partner, Hall&Wilcox

Rachael advises insurers and corporates in the defence of public and product liability claims (both personal injury and property damage), professional indemnity claims and on policy advice.

Rachael advises a range of industry groups including sport, hospitality, leisure, retail, cleaning, security, commercial and residential property management, property owners, day care centres, churches, schools, allied health, and construction.


Jonathon Corlett

Thomson Greer

Jonathon Corlett

Partner, Thomson Greer

Jonathon has been working in the field of industrial relations since 1996, acting for clients in a broad range of industries including tertiary education, aged care, information technology, banking and finance, professional services, manufacturing, transport and logistics, construction, hospitality and retail.

Jonathon assists clients by:

  • drafting and reviewing employment-related documentation, including employment contracts, policies and procedures, contractor agreements, secondment agreements and enterprise agreements;
  • advising on counselling of employees, termination of employment, implementing workplace change, privacy, regulation of employment conditions (including by legislation and workplace instruments) and work health and safety;
  • advising and acting in Fair Work Ombudsman and work health and safety investigations; and
  • acting in all forms of employment litigation including unfair dismissal claims, general protection disputes, good faith bargaining disputes, discrimination complaints, right of entry disputes, breach of contract claims (particularly enforcement of post-employment restrictions) and work health and safety matters (prosecutions and coronial inquests).

Nathan Croot

Senior Associate
Emil Ford Lawyers

Nathan Croot

Senior Associate, Emil Ford Lawyers

Nathan conducts our litigation matters, including debt collection, contract disputes, employment litigation and property proceedings.

Nathan is also actively involved in assisting our educational institution clients and other not-for-profit institutions.  He is a member both of the Law Society of New South Wales and of the Committee for the NSW chapter of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association.  He has published papers on various topics including bullying, privacy, confidentiality, enrolment contracts and badly behaving parents.

His experience includes preparation of policy documents for schools including privacy policies, school enrolment policies and child protection policies.  He has advised schools in relation to their duty of care.  In the not-for-profit sector, he has reviewed and amended company constitutions.


Tim McDonald

Moray & Agnew Lawyers

Tim McDonald

Partner, Moray & Agnew Lawyers

Tim McDonald leads the national workplace practice at Moray & Agnew Lawyers, practising 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, Tim has advised and represented employers, from a broad range of industries, such as security, hospitality, retail, health, manufacturing, clerical, banking and finance, transport and logistics, real estate, building and construction, education and mining. 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, Tim 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 2016 Lawyers Monthly Legal Award for Employment & Industrial Lawyer of the Year (Australia).


Brigid Clark

Senior Associate
Employment, Safety & People

Brigid Clark

Senior Associate Employment, Safety & People Maddocks

Brigid is a Senior Associate in the Employment, Safety & People Team at Maddocks. Brigid advises both private and public sector clients on a broad range of employment, safety and industrial matters. Brigid has worked with a range of schools and universities in the education sector, and also works with clients from the government, health, property and retail industries. Prior to working in private practice, Brigid was a prosecutor with the NSW DPP and SafeWork NSW.


Paul O’Halloran

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Paul O’Halloran

Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Paul is a partner in the employment and safety team at Colin Biggers & Paisley.

Paul has over 15 years’ experience, specialising in high risk matters in employment law including employment-related litigation, workplace and institutional misconduct, preventing and resolving industrial and bargaining disputes, assisting with discrimination and sexual harassment compliance and defending and resolving unfair dismissal and adverse action claims. He also has experience in work health and safety and how to manage ill and injured workers.

Paul works across a diverse range of industries including education, retail, aged care, health, construction and manufacturing. He has particular expertise in the education industry assisting schools, childcare providers, private colleges, higher education providers, religious entities and higher education institutions with sensitive and high risk employment matters including:

  • resolution of enterprise bargaining disputes and industrial action
  • undertaking or advising on complex and sensitive workplace investigations into workplace and institutional misconduct
  • corporate governance compliance
  • devising dismissal and exit strategies
  • drafting enterprise bargaining agreements, contracts and policies
  • managing matters relating to reportable conduct such as sex-related offences in educational institutions and advising on child protection compliance
  • unfair dismissal and general protection claims

Paul has a Master of Laws (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Macquarie University) and Advanced Diploma (Business) (RMIT University). He is also an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations (Law Institute of Victoria). Paul was admitted to practice in 2008. He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2017.

Jane Thorpe

Executive Director
Employee Performance and Conduct Directorate

Jane Thorpe

Executive Director, Employee Performance and Conduct Directorate

Jane Thorpe is the Executive Director, Employee Performance and Conduct within the NSW Department of Education. She has held this position for more than 15 years. She heads up a Directorate of 85 legal, investigation and complaints reporting officers who are responsible for investigating and responding to allegations of misconduct, including reportable conduct against employees. The Directorate has policy ownership for the Department’s Code of Conduct, Complaints Handling Policy, Teacher Improvement Programs, Child Protection Investigations of Employees and Public Interest Disclosure policy.

Jane is the Department’s main disciplinary decision maker as well as the Public Interest Disclosure Manager. She has worked for the public service mainly in senior child protection positions in Queensland, prior to moving to NSW.