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Michael Harmer is the President of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights

  • 2022 Client’s Choice exclusive winner in Australia for “Labour & Employment Law”
  • 2022 Australasian Lawyer “Law Firm Leader of the Year – Excellence Award”
  • 2022 Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards category winner – “Employment Law – Australia”
  • 2022 Who’s Who Legal – Recommended Lawyer – Labour Law Global Guide
  • 2022 Who’s Who Legal – Recommended Lawyer – Australia & New Zealand – Labour, Employment & Benefits
  • 2021 & 2020 Australian Lawyers Weekly “Workplace Relations & Employment Partner of the Year”
  • 2022-2021 Chambers Global “Leading Australian Employment Lawyer”
  • 2022-2021 Asia Pacific Legal 500 “Hall of Fame – Employment Law”
  • 2021 & 2020 Asia Law Profiles “Distinguished Practitioner”
  • 2022-2017 ACQ Law Awards “Australia – Labour Lawyer of the Year”
  • 2020 Australian Lawyers Weekly “Managing Partner of the Year”

Who’s Who Legal 2022:

“Michael Harmer is recognised as a top name in the market who specialises in “high-profile, cutting-edge plaintiff work”.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022:

“Michael Harmer of Harmers Workplace Lawyers is well known in the market for his work on contentious matters concerning a wide range of issues including modern awards, discrimination and industrial action. A client comments: “He has a brilliant mind, knows workplace law inside-out, is indefatigable, and is ever courteous and considered.”


2022 Hardie Grant Publishing
A New Work Relations Architecture – The AIER Model for the Future of Work
Chapter One: The Foundations Author: Michael Harmer
“Objectives of the New Architecture for a Fairer System”

Harmers Workplace Lawyers

Michael Harmer

Chairman & Senior Team Leader
+61 292 674 322
31 Market St
Sydney Office Level 27
NSW 2000
+61 292 674 322

Michael is the Chairman and Senior Team Leader of Harmers Workplace Lawyers, and has 40 years’ experience in workplace relations. During this time he has provided legal and strategic advice in a number of major enterprise bargaining and change management initiatives and has built up extensive experience and expertise in all areas of workplace relations and safety law. This has included the conduct of some of the leading cases in Australia on sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

Michael’s background includes managing a major industrial law practice as a partner in one of Australia’s largest law firms and previously having been:

  • Research Officer to Presidential members of the then Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (undertaking legal, economic and arbitral research and advice work initially for Sir John Moore and later Mr Justice Maddern);
  • Solicitor for the New South Wales Department of Industrial Relations (advice and prosecution work in industrial relations, employment and occupational health and safety);
  • Industrial Officer for a private sector employer (oil industry); and
  • Research Officer for one of Australia’s largest unions.
  • Michael has extensive advocacy and negotiation experience in relevant Federal and State Tribunals.

His practice places special emphasis on the preventive law approach in assisting clients in the informed management of a range of human rights, WHS and employment issues. Michael is also recognised for his specialist advice concerning the employment of senior executives.

Publications by Michael Harmer