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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.

Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen

Philip McCarthy

Partner

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Philip McCarthy

Partner

BCA, LLB – Victoria University Wellington

Profile

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.

Expertise

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

Experience

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

Education

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

Articles

New Minimum Wage Rates (March 2012)

Cloud Computing- eConnect (April 2012)

Legal Ruminations

To investigate or not to investigate?

Articles

Farm Debt Mediation Bill

Over the Fence 22.05.18

Unfair Dismissal Can Prove Costly

Over the Fence 24/04/2018

Black Ferns’ Professional Contracts are a Start

Over the Fence 20/03/2018

Don’t get into hot water over volunteers

Over the Fence 23/01/2018

Racehorse naming subject to rules

Over the Fence

Boxseat Newsflash: Employment Update – New Government: First 100 days

News

Compliance doesn’t always have to be costly

Over the Fence

Taranaki Secondary Schools Mooting competition

News

Boxseat Newsflash: Immigration Changes

News

A rural challenge: where’s my school gone?

Over the Fence

Looking back at 2016

Over the Fence

New Food Act is tough on firms

Over the Fence

Time to review employment agreements

Over the Fence

Lawyer calls for simpler employment standards

Over the Fence

Medical cannabis needs debate

Over the Fence

Abandon 90-day trial period

Legal Ruminations

Estate sorted, travel beckons

2015
Farmer Freddy

Health and Safety Act 2015

Articles
Health and Safety Act 2015

Pebbles wants staff updated about employment status

2015
Farmer Freddy

Freddy leaves surprise

2015
Farmer Freddy

Dealing with Freddy’s will

2015
Farmer Freddy

Worksafe completes Freddy’s fatal accident investigation

2015
Farmer Freddy

Worksafe wants to chat to Freddy about accident

2015
Farmer Freddy

Dealing with Worksafe after an accident

2015
Farmer Freddy

Farm Buildings excluded from recent changes to Government’s Earthquake Strengthening Policy

2015
Farmer Freddy

Inspectors are about more than enforcement

2015
Farmer Freddy

Animal Welfare Act

2015
Animal Welfare Act

Inspections A Reminder to Check Compliance

2014 23/10/2014
Inspections A Reminder to Check Compliance

Shareholders’ Agreement Sets Out Procedures

2014