Michael is the Chairman and Senior Team Leader of Harmers Workplace Lawyers, and has 35 years’ experience in workplace relations. During this time he has provided legal and strategic advice in a number of major enterprise bargaining and change management initiatives and has built up extensive experience and expertise in all of the firm’s practice areas. This has included the conduct of some of the leading cases in Australia on sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
Michael’s background includes managing a major industrial law practice as a partner in one of Australia’s largest law firms and previously having been:
- Research Officer to Presidential members of the then Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (undertaking legal, economic and arbitral research and advice work initially for Sir John Moore and later Mr Justice Maddern);
- Solicitor for the New South Wales Department of Industrial Relations (advice and prosecution work in industrial relations, employment and occupational health and safety);
- Industrial Officer for a private sector employer (oil industry); and
- Research Officer for one of Australia’s largest unions.
Michael has extensive advocacy and negotiation experience in relevant Federal and State Tribunals. His practice places special emphasis on the preventive law approach in assisting clients in the informed management of a range of human rights, WHS and employment issues. Michael is also recognised for his specialist advice concerning the employment of senior executives.
What they say
“Michael Harmer of Harmers Workplace Lawyers has a great depth of industrial relations experience, with a focus on enterprise bargaining and workplace safety compliance. Clients describe him as “extremely well known” with “a creative and highly intellectual legal mind.”
– Chambers and Partners