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Chambers Commends L&E Global’s Asia-Pacific Members in 2017

“The 2017 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific was recently published, and I am delighted to report, said Jeroen Douwes, Executive Director of L&E Global, “that all of our member firms in that region were recognised for their expertise in the field of labour and employment law.”

  • Chambers –

Harmers Workplace Lawyers | L&E Global Australia

“Interviewees highlight Michael Harmer of Harmers Workplace Lawyers for his depth of knowledge of industrial relations. He successfully represented Hawker Pacific in resisting applications by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association and Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union for a protected industrial action ballot order.”

Zhong Lun Law Firm | L&E Global China

“[The team] offers well-rounded expertise in employment law, with a depth of knowledge of HR management. Frequently engaged by international companies and large state-owned enterprises in a variety of industries including finance, energy and technology. Recently active in mass lay-off and redundancy projects.”

Carol Zhu regularly advises foreign companies undergoing mergers and acquisitions on employment due diligence. A client enthuses: “She is one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with in terms of knowledge, sense of urgency and attitude to service.” Recently she advised Buchan, an Australian architectural company, in a wrongful dismissal claim brought by a former senior employee.”

IndusLaw | L&E Global India

“The “clever, eloquent and pragmatic” Avik Biswas leads the employment team at IndusLaw Group. His remit spans audits, compensation, contracts and investigations, and one recent client remarks that he is becoming a go-to for matters involving South India.

SBM Legal | L&E Global New Zealand

  • SBM Legal has been ranked by Chambers as a BAND 1 employment law firm in New Zealand and is the only boutique firm in this tier.

“[The team is] highly recommended specialist employment law firm offering seasoned practitioners. Notable areas of expertise include guiding clients through sensitive workplace investigations and defending unfair dismissal claims, as well as other industrial relations matters. Advises employers and unions on collective agreement negotiations and strike actions.

Kathryn Beck is highly skilled in industrial relations matters and advised McDonald’s on unlawful strike action and issues concerning zero hours contracts. Peers identify her as a “standout” and “a really strong practitioner” who is “very highly regarded in the market.”

Don Mackinnon specialises in union bargaining and has extensive experience advising clients in the sports sector. He assisted Emirates Team NZ in its retention and hiring of key staff and sailors to participate in the America’s Cup. He is recommended as “an excellent and very experienced employment lawyer,” who “tells you how it is and is very practical.”

Penny Swarbrick has considerable experience advising clients on contentious employment law disputes. She acted for The Warehouse in successfully defending against an employee who claimed she had been disadvantaged by a workplace injury. Interviewees identify Swarbrick as “highly regarded for her expertise in advocacy.” One notes: “She has technical experience, but her pragmatism makes her unique. She will give you a range of options, and cover all the benefits and risks of each of the options. She really adds value.”


Chambers and Partners

One of the most respected publishers in the industry, Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world.



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