Philip McCarthy


Admitted to the bar: August 2004.

Philip joined Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen as a Solicitor in February 2012 and became a Partner in April 2020.

Philip’s many years of experience comprises working in litigation teams in both the private and public sector.

Philip specialises in commercial litigation and employment law. As a former prosecutor at the Department of Labour, he regularly conducted prosecutions in the District Court on behalf of the Department for breaches of Health and Safety legislation. He has also conducted litigation in a number of other Courts and Tribunals including the Court of Appeal (as junior counsel), High Court, Employment Relations Authority and Human Rights Review Tribunal.

Philip also has experience in advising on immigration matters and appearing in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

Philip has particular expertise and knowledge in:

  • Preparation and review of employment agreements
  • Resolving disputes, including representation in the High Court, District Court and Specialist Tribunals
  • Immigration
  • Employing foreign workers
  • Advising on issues relating to health and safety legislation and representation in prosecutions
  • Enforcement of judgments including appearances at examination of judgment debtor hearings

Partner – Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
April 2020 – Present
Solicitor – Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
February 2012 – April 2020

Solicitor – Department of Labour
October 2005 – December 2011

Legal Adviser – The Treasury Solicitor’s Department
July 2007 – May 2008

Solicitor – Till Henderson King
August 2004 – October 2005

Adviser Assistant – Macquarie Equities New Zealand Limited
December 2002 – August 2004

Victoria University of Wellington
1999 – 2003
BCA, LLB, Economics, Law

ABMM Lawyers, I can’t recommend you guys enough. I absolutely loved the service that I received from Phil and Chelsea.

They were transparent about the options I had moving forward and advised me of the decisions they felt were within my best interests. I was supported with all of my decisions, right down to the type of wording I wanted in the correspondence with my employers.

It was important for me to reflect my values in all that I did and I succeeded in doing that throughout the entire process. They were very mindful of my identity as Māori, and would often greet me with “kia ora” or “tēnā koe”. They used hongi and welcomed any formalities such as karakia, to be recited during mediation.

The small gestures that they offered were very meaningful. It embraced aspects of my cultural identity which helped me to feel very supported and welcomed throughout our engagement.

Their service was professional, ethical, transparent, and prompt. Their actions matched their words, which resulted in positive interactions and trusting relationships being built.

Once again, many thanks to Phil, Chelsea, and the awesome team at ABMM Lawyers.

From a client


There are lawyers, and there are lawyers. And then there are exceptional lawyers. Between them, Garry Anderson and Phil McCarthy not only demonstrated a deep but practical understanding of the law, but also engineered an approach that both recognised and made the client (me) a member of the professional team. The result? Their diligent guidance helped me navigate through a complicated commercial issue, producing a great outcome. A far different approach from other professional advisors whose arrogance and indifference towards the client all-too-often predominate. Garry and Phil truly exemplify the professional role of “trusted advisors.”

Dr Wendy R London, Director, London Consulting Limited