Our client stories

It is our privilege to represent our community in Newcastle, the Central Coast and beyond.  We are locals who care deeply about local issues and take personal care of you.  Just some of our satisfied clients have shared their thoughts and stories with us below. 

For representation you can rely on and trust, call us today on  (02) 4941 8999 (Newcastle) or (02) 4343 7000 (Central Coast) or reach out via our enquiry form. We are real people here to resolve your real issues.





“I would like to sincerely thank you for all the hard work you put into my compensation claim. With your professional, knowledgeable, caring and ability to explain, whilst keeping me calm has been outstanding. You are a credit to your profession. It has been an absolute pleasure to communicate with both John and Craig. I am now relieved that this is behind me and can really concentrate on getting myself fully recovered. Once again, many thanks.”

John S., workers compensation claim

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“Whitelaw McDonald, thank you for helping me with ongoing injuries suffered in 46 years in underground mining. With coal miners insurance you help with our rights in compensation. Since getting involved with my case I have spoken to many retired miners. I made them aware of their rights and passed them onto John McDonald. 

Underground miners work in conditions that can be dangerous. They deserve to be compensated for their injuries that impact on their lives in retirement.” 

John, O., coal mining claim 

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I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the team at Whitelaw McDonald. From beginning to end you were highly professional, friendly, informative and helpful in getting me a successful outcome.

Darryl B. industrial deafness claim

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The advice and guidance we received from John McDonald throughout this process was exceptional. I would highly recommend John to anyone considering lodging a workers’ compensation claim. We were extremely satisfied with our settlement.

Terry M., workers compensation claim

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“I have been dealing with Whitelaw McDonald lawyers, in particular John McDonald, for some 12 years, who specialises in workers compensation. John came highly recommended and is someone I now highly recommend. He has looked after my best interests and earned my respect and trust. Amazing personality and professional ethics. Makes it extremely convenient for you to continue with your work and personal life while he works hard for you. Having also dealt with Ross Whitelaw, they make a great team and their office and staff offer all services that you may be in need of.“

Graham, workers compensation claim

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“I first became aware of Whitelaw McDonald in 2012 after a workplace injury in a coal mine. They were recommended to me by a work colleague. Since my first appointment they have been absolutely marvellous, taking me step by step through all the workers compensation claims minefield. I would recommend Whitelaw McDonald to anyone with a workers compensation claim.”

Michael, coal mining workers compensation claim 

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“John McDonald is highly professional and experienced who succeeded in giving me a very good outcome for my case. I would definitely recommend John for any legal representation.”

Ian, severe work injury case

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“I would like to recommend John McDonald for any workers compensation cases, as I have dealt with him for over 30 years and have found him to be very thorough, efficient and extremely professional.”

Daryl, retired mine worker

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“Any mineworker who has suffered work related injuries couldn’t have a better advocate to look after their interests than John McDonald of Whitelaw McDonald. His knowledge of mining company operations is outstanding, helped also by his partner, Ross Whitelaw.”

Robert, retired mine worker 

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“I have been with Whitelaw McDonald since 2016, mainly with John McDonald. He and his team have been through the courts and worked out a great result for my work injuries. 

I would definitely recommend Whitelaw McDonald for any of the services they provide.”

Norm, work injuries claim

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“I have no hesitation in recommending John McDonald to represent anybody with their workers compensation claim. John and his staff are meticulous in their preparation and delivery. Their knowledge of statues allowed for a seamless presentation.”

Gil, workers compensation claim

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Whitelaw McDonald is passionate about serving and winning for our local communities, with offices in Newcastle and the Central Coast. 

If you would like an obligation-free consultation to see how we can best help you, or simply have questions, get in touch using our contact form or call 02 4941 8999.