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Harmers is the Australian member firm for L&E Global

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L&E Global is a worldwide leader for cross-border labour and employment law services. Spanning 6 continents, L&E Global’s member firms are ideally situated to provide clients with pragmatic, commercial advice necessary to achieve their objectives, wherever they operate.

Member firms work closely with corporate, legal, human resources  and corporate executives across a variety of sectors and industries to address the strategic and tactical issues that arise in the workplace. By aligning our forces together through L&E Global, our independent law firms become a global resource for businesses working on complex cross-border labour and employment projects.


L&E Global FAQs – Redundancy & Restructure – World Edition
February 2022
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the business continuity and financial viability of many Australian and multi-national organisations, many employers have been forced to consider restructuring and/or redundancy. In this FAQs publication, we provide essential information to assist both Australian and multinational organisations with operations across the Asia Pacific region to address and manage the human resources issues of redundancy and restructure in the workplace.
Please click here to access the publication.

L&E Global’s Cross-Border Remote Work FAQs
February 2022
L&E Global’s Cross-Border Remote Work FAQs present timely insights and analysis on a range of labour issues that have surged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These insightful guides focus on one of the most important trends reshaping the workplace in the 21st Century – foreign nationals working remotely for a foreign employer in a host country.
Please click here to access the publication and microsite.

L&E Global’s Employment Law Overviews
July 2022

L&E Global’s popular series of international Employment Law Overviews (‘ELO’) have become the go-to field guides for corporate, legal and HR decision-makers. Moreover, for companies operating in multiple countries, we offer the ELO 2021-22: Global Edition cross-border compendium, outlining the employment law regime across 28 jurisdictions worldwide.
Please click here to download or read the publication.

OPENING UP SHOP — Solutions to the challenges of launching in a new jurisdiction
November 2022

L&E Global’s ‘Opening Up Shop’ e-compendium and dedicated microsite presents country-specific, tailor- made checklists and guidelines to assist employers seeking to open operations in a new jurisdiction, specifically addressing three key areas: (1) Labour and employment requirements; (2) Corporate requirements; and (3)Payroll and Benefits Providers.
Please click here to download or read the publication.

L&E Global’s Fourth Annual Global Handbook:
Employees vs Independent Contractors
May 2017
This handbook includes analysis from 32 key jurisdictions across 6 continents (complete with an Australian chapter drafted by Harmers Workplace Lawyers).  Since last touching upon the issue of “Employees vs Independent Contractors” and the consequences of the re-characterisation of a contractor into an employee back in 2014, there has been a universal effort to eliminate “sham” contracts, which are commercial contractor arrangements that seek to mask the existence of an employment relationship.
Please click here to download the publication

L&E Global’s Third Annual Publication:
Employment Litigation: Procedures, Remedies and Best Practices
April 2016
This comprehensive publication has been expanded from the 2015 edition (below) to include contributions from 28 L&E Global firms across 5 continents and will be a valuable resource for all HR and in-house legal departments, as well as other professionals who manage and defend employment claims.
Please click here to download the publication.

L&E Global’s Second Annual Publication:
Employment Litigation: Procedures, Remedies and Best Practices
April 2015
For employers with operations in multiple jurisdictions, litigation over disputes related to employment matters is a very real concern, which applies to every sector of industry, in every region of the world. This comprehensive publication includes contributions from 18 L&E Global firms and will be a valuable resource for all HR professionals.
Please click here to download the publication.

Additional cross-border labour and employment law articles and publications are available via the L&E Global Knowledge Centre.


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 2018-2023. The L&E Global alliance has recently ranked in the 2024 Chambers Global top ranked Global Law Firm Networks.

L&E Global won The Lawyer European Awards 2016 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”.

Chambers Global ranked L&E Global in the Band 1 Global – Wide Employment Law Network category for 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.

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 report on 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 Conferences in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; and has sponsored the upcoming conference in Mexico City in 2016.

The Lawyers World Awards 2013 honoured L&E Global with the award of Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year – Belgium.