Award Winning Law Firm

By putting our people at the heart of our corporate purpose, Harmers continues to be a model people management organisation, as well as one of Australia’s leading service providers in the area of HR and workplace relations. Harmers has attracted significant recognition for both legal excellence and people management practices, winning the following awards:

  • Key Media Australasian Law Awards– Harmers awarded “Employment Law Specialist Firm of the Year” in 2019, 2017, 2016 & 2015 (please click here to read the media release).
  • HRD Magazine HR Service Provider Awards– Harmers awarded the “Gold Medal Provider” for Employment Law in 2017 (please click here to read the media release); and “Silver Medal Provider” for Employment Law in 2018.
  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards– Harmers awarded “Workplace Relations & Employment Team of the Year” in 2017 (please click here to read the media release), and was a finalist in 2018.
  • Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards– Harmers awarded “Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year” 2017; and was a finalist in 2018.
  • Asia Law Profiles: Harmers was “Highly recommended” for Employment & Labour Law Firm 2018; and Michael Harmer ranked as the “Market-Leading Lawyer” for Employment & Labour Law 2018.
  • Chambers Global: Michael Harmer ranked in the “Leading Lawyers” for Employment – Australia 2019.
  • AsiaPacific Legal 500: Harmers was a ranked “Labour & Employment Law Firm” 2018 & 2019; and Michael Harmer – ranked “Leading Individual – Labour & Employment” 2018 & 2019.
  • Doyles Leading Lawyers: Harmers recommended in the “Leading Employment Law Firms (Employee & Union Representation) – Australia 2018”; and Michael Harmer recommended as a “Leading Employment Lawyer (Employee & Union Representation) – Australia 2018”.
  • ACQ Law Awards – Harmers  awarded: Australia – Cross-Border Law Firm Of The Year 2019, Australia – Employment Law Firm Of The Year 2018 & 2019, Australia – Health & Safety Law Firm Of The Year 2019, Australia – Industrial Law Firm Of The Year 2019, Australia – International Employment Law Firm Of The Year 2019, Australia – Workplace Relations Law Firm Of The Year 2019*; and Michael Harmer awarded: “Australia – Labour Lawyer Of The Year 2018 & 2019”.
  • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine – Lawyers Worldwide Awards – Harmers awarded “Employment & Industrial Law Firm of the Year” 2019.
  • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Continental Awards ­Harmers awarded “Employment & Industrial Law Firm of the Year” 2019.
  • International Advisory Experts Award – Michael Harmer “Employment Law award winner within Australia” 2018.
  • CorporateINTL Magazine Global Award – Harmers awarded “Employment Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Australia” 2014-2018; and previously, the Clients’ Choice winner for “Employment Law Firm of the Year in Australia” (CorporateINTL Global Awards are a mark of practice excellence for the world’s leading advisors and financiers in an array of countries and continents across the globe).
  • Global Leading Lawyers– Harmers awarded 2017 “Employment & Industrial Law Firm of the Year”.
  • Legal Media Group Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Law Awards – Harmers was a 2016 finalist in the “Best national firm for work-life balance”; “Best gender diversity initiative by national firm”; “Best firm for pro bono work”; “Best national firm for talent management”; and “Best national firm for women in business law”; and previously,awarded the “Best Firm for Work-Life Balance” in 2014; and “Best Firm in Sydney for Women in Business Law” 2012 & 2013.
  • ALB Australasian Law Awards– Harmers awarded “Employment Specialist Law Firm of the Year” for seven years (2006 to 2011, and 2013); was a finalist in the “Employment Specialist Firm of the Year” and “Corporate Citizen” award categories for 2012; and a finalist in the “CSR Firm of the Year” and “Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year” award categories for 2011. [Please note: 2013 was the last year in which the ALB Australasian Law Awards were published].
  • Global Law Experts Practice Area Awards: Harmers Workplace Lawyers was the winner of the 2011 “Australian – Labour & Employment Law Firm of the Year” Award (short listed firms were judged on client testimonials, key cases from the past 12 months, legal rankings, overall reputation, publication contribution, speaking engagements and the performance and standing of the team’s individual lawyers).
  • Work/Life Initiative in Australian Industry– Harmers ranked in the Top 25 Best Practice Organisations across Australia in Managing Work Life Balance for six consecutive years (2007-2002), and certified in 2008 as a “Flexibility Accredited Employer Silver Rating” issued by Managing Work Life Balance International [*Please note: this award ceased being published in Australia in 2008).
  • Australian Human Resources Institute Award for Excellence in People Management– awarded to Harmers in the “NSW Private sector – small enterprise category” 2004.
  • ACCI/BCA National Work and Family Awards– Harmers was a finalist in the Medium Business category – 2004.
  • Workplace Excellence Award– awarded for “Enterprise with less than 100 employees” by the Victorian Government; and finalist in the “Better Work and Family Balance” category – 2003.
  • Australian Law Awards– Harmers ranked in the top 5 legal firms in Australia for “Legal Excellence in Employment Law” – 2003.
  • Employer of Choice Awards– awarded to Harmers from the Queensland Law Society, based on national employment practices – 2002.
  • Australian Institute of Management Award– Harmers awarded for “Innovative Contribution to HR Management in the Legal Profession”.

L&E GLOBAL – AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Chambers Global ranked L&E Global in the “Band 1 Global – Wide Employment Law Network” category for 2013 – 2017; and ranked an “Elite” Global Law Firm Network in 2018.
  • L&E Global won The Lawyer European Awards2016 for “Global Network of the Year”; and affiliated member in China, Zhong Lun Law Firm, was awarded The Lawyer European Awards 2016 for “Law firm of the Year: Asia”.
  • The Financial Times commended L&E Global as an “Innovator in Growth and Business” in the prestigious FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2015, an “Innovator for International Strategy” in 2013 and “Legal Industry Pioneer” in the 2012 report.
  • L&E Global was named a finalist for “Best Leadership of Innovation”, “Best Managed International Firm”, “Best Provision of Know-How”, “Best Thought Leadership” and“Best Strategic Leadership” for the MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2015 by the UK based Managing Partners Forum. L&E Global was previously a finalist for “Best Emerging Firm” for the MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2013.
  • L&E Global was recognised by PLC Which Lawyer? Super League reporton international employment law and employee benefits.
  • Chambers Global named L&E Global a “Leading Employment Law Network” in the Chambers Global 2012 Spotlight Table on Legal Networks.
  • L&E Global was the headline sponsor of the IBA Employment and Discrimination Law Conferencesin 2011-2018.
  • The Lawyers World Awards honoured L&E Global with the award of “Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year – Belgium” 2013.