Harmers Workplace Lawyers focuses on innovative, high quality problem solving and a preventive approach to law across all areas of employment and industrial law. Harmers is unique among Australian employment practices in that, while having an emphasis on corporate Australia and its senior executives, the firm seeks to implement workplace fairness for all, and will represent employers, employees and their representative organisations as needed. Harmers has represented many of Australia’s largest corporations, CEOs and senior executives across a broad range of industries, and has run some of Australia’s landmark cases in employment and discrimination.
Harmers won the 2021 & 2019 Australasian Law Awards for “Employment Law Specialist Firm of the Year” and the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards “Employment & Workplace Relations Team of the Year”. The firm was also the recipient of the 2020 & 2019 Human Resources Director magazine’s HR Service Provider Awards “Gold Medal for Employment Law”; and has received several global awards for “Employment/Industrial Law Firm of the Year – Australia” (2011 – 2021). Harmers is consistently ranked in international directories as a recommended law firm in labour and employment law in Australia.
Harmers has also received a number awards for excellence in people management, including the Australasian Law Awards 2021 “Diversity Initiative of the Year – Excellence Award” and the 2020 “Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year – Excellence Award”. Harmers has also previously won the Australian Lawyers Weekly “Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year”; the Euromoney “Best Firm in Sydney for Women in Business Law“; a “Workplace Excellence” Award from the Victorian government; an Award for “Innovative Contribution to HR” from the Australian Institute of Management (AIM); the Australian Human Resources Institute Award for “Excellence in People Management”; and has been ranked as high as the number 4 business in the country in the “Work/Life Initiative in Australian Industry” survey.
What they say
Gold winner Harmers Workplace Lawyers has been a pioneer in this space and has won multiple accolades for exceptional services to clients since its establishment 21 years ago. The firm’s people and workplace (P&W) team has focused on providing advice that is both innovative and valuable in the face of the rapid transformation they are seeing in the way workplaces function. A unique point of difference to competitors is that they challenge the historical approach of getting employment lawyers involved only at the point of escalation, instead shifting their client’s focus towards risk management and promoting positive culture in the workplace, as well as anticipating issues and working strategically with a client before matters escalate. One judge noted: “I’m impressed with the depth of knowledge shown by the Harmers team. It’s something I appreciate as an HR director: in-depth knowledge of my business and what we do.”
– Human Resources Director Magazine, Australia