Media Statements

Harmers wins Lawyers Weekly 2017 Australian Law Award 
The 17th Annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards was held at The Star on Friday 1 September 2017. Harmers was awarded “Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year”.  This award recognises the achievement of excellence and leadership in practice for workplace relations and employment teams.
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14 August 2017
Harmers Workplace Lawyers announces David Bates will be joining the Firm in late August 2017
David Bates is a well-known and highly-regarded workplace relations expert. Prior to his appointment with the Firm, David was the Managing Director of a leading, online, subscription-based employment relations service, where he provided a broad range of strategic, practical and plain-English employment relations advice and support to Australian business owners and operators. David has featured in monthly employment law segments on the Sky Business News ‘Switzer’ programme, radio interviews, and is a regular key-note speaker and workplace trainer.
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Media Statement by Harmers Workplace Lawyers re: Richardson v Oracle Corporation Pty Ltd
15 July 2014

Ms. Rebecca Richardson today won the appeal in her sexual harassment case against Oracle Corporation Australia. Her damages were increased seven fold from the first decision, and she was awarded costs of the appeal. This is a very significant legal victory, not only for Ms. Richardson, who has now been vindicated by not letting this injustice rest, but for how the law should be applied in this important area of legal rights for employees.
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Ashby / Harmers Statements: “Ashby wins appeal” – Adverse findings by the judge made against Michael Harmer “Ought not to have been made”
27 February 2014
James Ashby said today:
“I am extremely pleased that the Full Court has decided to reject and overturn Justice Rares’ decision in my case. I would really like to thank Michael Harmer and all my legal team. They have acted with the utmost professionalism and care throughout this whole ordeal. I have always believed the original court decision was wrong, unjust and not based on the facts. We will now continue with our legal fight to obtain justice for my original claim against Mr. Slipper. This has been a long and tortuous journey, but I am determined not to give up until my claim has been vindicated.”
Michael Harmer said today:
“We are extremely pleased that the Full Court has decided to overturn Justice Rares’ decision. Also it is gratifying that the court found that I was treated unfairly and that the adverse findings made about me “ought not to have been made.”  I was not granted my appeal, on technical grounds, essentially because I was not a party to the original case.  It has been an honour to support James Ashby throughout this matter and we will continue to support James as it is extremely important that he ultimately receives justice in his case.
James Ashby is a brave whistle blower who, against the full force of the former Federal Government, has pursued his legal rights. It is also important that legal firms support  whistle blowers who cannot otherwise afford to access justice in our court system. Justice in this country should not be affordable only to the wealthy.”
This decision means that the original trial of the sexual harassment allegations made by James Ashby will now proceed. That substantive hearing was never heard due to the ‘abuse of process’ decision, which has now been overturned.
James and Michael are not available for interview at this time.
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