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Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen’s team are a dedicated group of individuals who provide friendly, helpful forward thinking advice to their clients. They provide legal advice only in those areas in which they have a high level of expertise, and can significantly contribute to the success of their clients.

Philip McCarthy


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Philip McCarthy


BCA, LLB – Victoria University Wellington


Admitted to the bar: August 2004

Philip’s 11 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 immigation matters and appearing in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

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


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


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