Our Firm

Harmers Workplace Lawyers (formerly Michael Harmer & Associates) was formed in 1996 and is one of Australia’s largest employment and industrial law practices with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The firm has enjoyed its rapid growth through its ability to provide quality, effective, practical and timely legal services. By minimising overhead costs, we have fixed a highly competitive fee structure without compromising the quality of the service we provide.

Our continuing success and strategy for continued growth is also founded on:

  • the high calibre and professionalism of our specialised solicitors and staff;
  • our unique culture of teamwork and shared responsibility and rewards for business performance; and
  • our ability to understand clients’ business objectives.

The firm places special emphasis on the “preventive” law approach and also undertakes pro-active preventive education, audits and strategic advice and extensive defence litigation work.

Our diverse client base includes many of Australia’s most prominent companies (both listed and private), employer associations, media personalities and senior executives. The firm also has a significant pro bono scheme, consistent with its charter to ensure fairness in the workplace.

The firm’s culture has at its heart principles of openness and consultation. Unlike many organisations, the primary decision-making body in the firm is the “Full Firm” which meets monthly and at which all members of staff actively participate. The decision-making ability of the Full Firm is enhanced by the firm’s commitment to openness and consultation.

All staff members are permitted access to all information relevant to the management of the firm, including all accounts information.

In addition to their participation at full firm meetings, staff are encouraged to be involved in a number of committees (or working groups) set up within the firm.

The firm is also committed to making a positive contribution to the environment.