Our Team

Sydney Office

BILL McNALLY

Managing Partner

The firm’s founder and managing partner, Bill McNally offers rare wisdom and insight gained from representing workers and their unions for over forty years. Bill is recognised as one of the country’s most experienced practising industrial lawyers.

Throughout his career, Bill has trained many leading barristers, solicitors and Judges. He is particularly proud of his role as one of the pioneers of compulsory employee superannuation.

Bill is an Accredited Specialist in employment and industrial law.

To contact Bill bill@mcnally.com.au

DAVID TRAINOR

Partner

David Trainor practices exclusively in compensation law. He has particular expertise in workplace injuries, seafarers’ compensation and other maritime claims.

David, who has been a practising lawyer for over 33 years is an Accredited Specialist in compensation law.

Under NSW law, personal injury services cannot be advertised. Information about David’s services and expertise can be provided on direct request by phoning (02) 9233 4744.

To contact David david@mcnally.com.au

MICHAEL JALOUSSIS

Partner

Michael Jaloussis has been a lawyer for more than 29 years. He practices mainly in Industrial and Employment law and has represented many of our union clients and their members in many important cases involving unfair dismissal, retrenchments and underpayment of wages. Michael also has broad experience in many other areas of the law and practices in Family law (including de facto relationships), Criminal law, Family Provision matters and deceased estates, Income Protection claims, Superannuation claims, Discrimination law and general litigation, including commercial matters.

Over the years Michael has personally advocated cases in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, the Chief Industrial Magistrate’s Court, the NSW local courts, Fair Work Australia and the former Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Michael also appears in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme and District Courts of NSW, the Human Rights Commission, the Anti Discrimination Board of NSW, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and the NSW Industrial Court.

Michael speaks Greek fluently and has represented many members of the Greek community.

To contact Michael michael@mcnally.com.au

RICHARD BRENNAN

Partner

Richard has been a solicitor since 1977, practising mainly in the compensation field. He was a partner of Jones Staff & Co for 28 years prior to its merger with W.G.McNally & Co.

Richard has acted in many of the leading cases in his field over the years and has been a member of the Compensation Court Rules Committee. Richard represented the NSW Law Society in discussions with WorkCover aimed at improving the delivery of compensation benefits to injured workers. He also advised Unions N.S.W. on the effect and impact on the rights of injured workers following changes to NSW compensation laws.

Richard adopts a “hands on” approach to his matters and personally attends to all aspects of his matters, appearing on behalf of his clients at the hearing of their matters.

Under NSW law personal injury services cannot be advertised. Information about Richard’s services and expertise can be provided on direct request by phoning 02 9233 4744.

To contact Richard richard@mcnally.com.au

NATHAN KEATS

Lawyer

A lawyer with 12 years experience representing unions and their members in the public sector, the maritime and manufacturing industries.

Nathan is experienced in all areas of employment and industrial law including discrimination, unfair dismissal, freedom of association, contract negotiation, breach of employment contracts, restraint of trade, redundancies, disciplinary matters, promotion appeals, contractor issues, agreement making, transfer of business and other industrial disputes.

He appears in the Federal Court, Federal Magistrates Court, Fair Work Australia, and the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW and has represented clients in coronial inquests, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Anti-discrimination Board.

Nathan is an Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial law.

To contact Nathan nathan@mcnally.com.au

ALEX GRAYSON

Lawyer

A lawyer with 14 years industrial experience, Alex has spent her entire working life fighting for workers. Having also worked for unions, Alex has gained extensive experience in both the state and federal industrial relations systems.

Alex has won many high profile industrial cases, including unfair dismissals and important litigation against the State of New South Wales and the Commonwealth Bank.

To contact Alex alex@mcnally.com.au

BILJANA SAMBOLIC

Lawyer

A Lawyer since 2006 with a tough, no nonsense style, Biljana works in the important areas of family law, wills, estates, personal injury / workers compensation, income protection insurance claims, motor vehicle accidents, victims compensation, criminal law and civil litigation.

Biljana speaks Croatian and Serbian fluently and has represented many within the Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian communities.

To contact Biljana biljana@mcnally.com.au

DAMIEN HILL

Lawyer

A lawyer with 10 years experience, Damien mainly practices in the area of compensation law, with a focus on work related injuries. He has a wealth of experience in workers compensation in cases as diverse as work related psychiatric / psychological illness, industrial deafness and industrial fatalities.

Damien appears in a range of jurisdictions, including the New South Wales Supreme Court, District Court, Local Court, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Workers Compensation Commission.

He also has experience in criminal matters, wills & estates, coronial inquests, public liability claims, medical negligence, victim’s compensation, third party property damage claims, motor vehicle accidents, seafarers’ compensation and all facets of workplace law including occupational health and safety.

Under NSW Law personal injury services cannot be advertised. Information about Damien’s services and expertise can be provided on direct request by phoning (02) 9233 4744.

To contact Damien damien@mcnally.com.au

Michael Burns

Managing Lawyer

Michael has been a lawyer since 1997. He is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Industrial and Employment Law.

Michael has worked for a number of labour law firms and trade unions and has built up an enviable knowledge of industrial and employment law in Australia and the operations of trade unions within our industrial relations system.

Michael appears in employment and union-related matters in industrial tribunals across Australia and in the state Supreme Courts, the Federal Court and the High Court. Prior to joining W.G. McNally Jones Staff he was General Counsel for the Transport Workers’ Union of Australia and in that role he had front seat involvement in the Qantas dispute, the modern award review process, union governance and enterprise bargaining on a national scale. During his career Michael has regularly been seconded into unions to cover internal absences and work overflow.

Michael operates a national practice and assists the firm with the management of its offices in Perth and Fremantle, where he has conduct of some of the major multi-party industrial disputes and litigation affecting the Australian trade union movement.

To contact Michael michael.burns@mcnally.com.au

AMBER NOTLEY

Conveyancer

Amber started with us as a receptionist in 1999 and soon progressed to the role of legal secretary. After completing studies at the Macquarie University in 2003, Amber became a qualified, licensed conveyancer. Amber now attends to our client’s conveyancing and probate matters in New South Wales.

To contact Amber amber@mcnally.com.au

MARK TURNER

Consultant

Mark is a lawyer with over 40 years experience. Previously the senior partner in a litigation firm providing advice to unions and their members, Mark is now a senior consultant in our team. Mark is experienced in a range of fields including personal injury law, general litigation, estate planning, commercial law, general property and leasing transactions.

To contact Mark mark@mcnally.com.au

LANCE WRIGHT Q.C.

Consultant

A consultant to the firm since 2008, The Honorable Lance Wright QC has been practising in the fields of Industrial and Employment Law for over 40 years.

Lance commenced working as an Industrial Officer in 1969. He worked for the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) and the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU). He went on to practice as a barrister in 1979 and was appointed as a Queens Counsel in 1991. From 1998 to 2008, Lance was the President of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

As a practising barrister, Lance appeared in cases in state and federal courts and tribunals including the NSW Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. Lance brings a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to the practice of law and the advice he gives to clients.

To contact Lance lance@mcnally.com.au

Perth & Fremantle Offices

Tim Kucera

Lawyer

Tim Kucera has been working in and around trade unions in the meat, manufacturing, construction and mining industries since 1991. In 1999 Tim was admitted to practice law.

He is experienced in the fields of employment, industrial and criminal law. Tim has worked on major industrial cases in both state and federal industrial jurisdictions including cases on rights of entry, freedom of association and actions by the Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC) and large companies against unions and their members.

Tim’s work regularly requires him to appear in the Federal Court, Fair Work Australia, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the WA District Court, the WA Occupational Health & Safety Tribunal, the WA Supreme Court and the Magistrates Courts.

To contact Tim tim@mcnally.com.au

Greg Burgess

Lawyer

Greg has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia since 1985 – over 27 years in practice.

Greg previously was a Partner with Hammond Worthington, Head of the Motor Vehicle Accidents Department at Slater and Gordon and a lawyer with Dwyer Durack.

Greg is dedicated to the rights of the individual which is the basic premise behind the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Greg enjoys representing injured workers and ensuring that they obtain their full entitlements under the law. He also particularly enjoys ensuring that the insurance companies abide by the law and pay proper entitlements to injured workers.

The greatest satisfaction in his job is obtaining the best outcome for his clients in accordance with the law. Greg’s greatest strength is his passion for workers’ individual rights over and above the rights of the corporation.

Greg is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia; Australian Lawyers Alliance (formerly Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association); was President of ALIA (WA branch) and then committee member; was part of the Legal Aid Review Committee and has been a member of the Fremantle Football Club for over 10 years.

To contact Greg greg@mcnally.com.au

Helen Parker

Lawyer

Helen originally from the UK and has worked in personal injuries and workers’ compensation law in Australia for 17 years initially as a Paralegal and now as a Solicitor since 2008.

Helen has extensive experience in motor vehicle, motorcycle and industrial accident claims including catastrophic injury claims such as amputations, paraplegia, quadriplegia and acquired brain injuries.

Helen has conduct of a wide range of personal injury matters including motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, criminal injuries compensation and workers’ compensation claims.

Helen is a keen motorcyclist.

To contact Helen helen@mcnally.com.au

Nicola Wiseman

Lawyer

Nicola was admitted to practice in 2011. She completed her articles of clerkship in a specialist family law practice where she worked for two years.

Nicola works primarily in the area of family law, including property, financial and children matters. She assists clients wherever possible, to reach agreement by mediation, negotiation or representation in the Family Court of Western Australia, the Federal Magistrates’ Court and the Family Court of Australia. Nicola has also appeared in the Magistrate’s Court of Western Australia.

Nicola can also assist clients in deceased estate matters by applying for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. Nicola also works with lawyers from our Sydney office to assist clients in these matters, if there are assets situated in NSW.

To contact Nicola nicola@mcnally.com.au