Emma Pritchard


After graduating from the University of New South Wales in 1993, Emma became an Associate to Mr Justice Lee of the Federal Court of Australia. She then joined one of Australia’s largest law firms practising in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate law and then specialised in employment and industrial law.

Emma joined Harmers Workplace Lawyers in December 1999 and became a partner in 2003. Emma currently oversees both staff and operational management of the firm, as well as managing a busy practice as Executive Counsel and Senior Team Leader.

Emma’s practice is litigation focused. Emma had the conduct of the largest litigation matter in the history of the Industrial Relations Court of New South Wales, where she acted for Gough & Gilmour Holdings Pty Limited & Ors against Caterpillar Australia Pty Ltd & Ors.

Emma advises both employers and employees in relation to:

  • individual and collective employment agreements (with particular expertise in executive contracts);
  • remuneration incentive and retention arrangements, including share and option scheme arrangements;
  • protection of confidential information and intellectual property;
    restraint of trade agreements;
  • legal risks associated with termination of employment;
    unfair dismissal claims;
  • adverse action claims;
  • unfair contract claims;
  • strategies to manage and resolve industrial/employment disputes;
  • employment and industrial relations implications from mergers and acquisitions;
  • employment issues arising under the Corporations Law, including insolvency issues;
  • occupational health and safety laws, including assisting investigations and prosecutions;
  • discrimination, equal opportunity and bullying claims;
    privacy issues; and
  • compliance training and presentations in relation to the above.

Emma is a “Recommended Lawyer” in the Labour and Employment Law category of the 2021 & 2020 Asia Pacific Legal 500; a “Recommended Lawyer” in the Employee & Trade Union Representation category of 2020 Doyles Leading Lawyers; and previously won the Corporate INTL Legal Award for “Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Australia”.


Emma Pritchard has a “good analytical brain with great people skills.”
AsiaLaw Profiles 2018 (Client Recommendation) 

“Emma Pritchard is a high-quality advisor. She has developed a good understanding of our organisation, is honest, professional, easily accessible, thorough and very organised with good structure. I am confident in the work done with commercial objectives well discussed. Harmers Workplace Lawyers has an excellent reputation and Emma’s service is testament to that.”
Asia Pacific General Manager, Financial Services Client

“Harmers Workplace Lawyers has been brilliant. In addition to being excellent technical lawyers, everyone on the team has been committed to our case, and it really showed that they genuinely cared about the outcomes for our people. They went well and truly beyond the call of duty, were innovative, responsive and extremely professional and we would highly recommend them.”
Harcourt Gough and Tony Gilmour, Directors, Gough & Gilmour