Phil will speak to you, and not down to you. He is approachable, dedicated and hard-working; he will unflinchingly defend you

Need expert advice? Call Phil now, he can help you!

Employment Law

Phil has acted for both employers (be they large corporations, national charities, or small businesses), and employees, Phil understands how both sides think.

Limited Licenses

If you have lost your licence but need to drive in order to work or take care of your family, you may be entitled to a Limited Licence

Criminal Law

Phil has extensive criminal law experience dating back to 1986. He has appeared in all manner of criminal matters and has successfully represented clients charged with minor infringements right through to serious criminal charges carrying 20 years to life imprisonment. 

Phil Mitchell specialises in Employment Law, Limited Licences, Traffic and Criminal Law.

As an experienced Wellington Employment Lawyer and Criminal Lawyer , Phil will energetically assist you with your legal difficulties. If you have lost your licence, Phil can also arrange your Limited Licence, to get you back on the road quickly – sometimes within days.

About Phil Mitchell

Wellington Lawyer

Since graduating in 1997 , Phil has worked as a lawyer in Wellington, Nelson, and Europe.

Since establishing his own litigation practice in 2003, he has worked on personal grievance claims for employees; he has also acted for national charities and NGO’s plus small to medium-sized businesses, assisting with restructures, employment disputes and employment agreement revision and compliance.

He is also an experienced criminal lawyer, having acted in a range of cases from minor traffic prosecutions to major criminal jury trials, with impressive results.


I was in a senior role in an international finance company. I made a terrible error of judgment that resulted in a police investigation and serious criminal charges arising. I resigned immediately.
I instructed Phil to work on both the criminal and employment law aspects of my case.
Phil ultimately negotiated a settlement of the case against me that was before the Employment Relations Authority.
Phil also negotiated with the Police at length and had the charge reduced, and ultimately he secured a discharge without conviction and permanent name suppression, (which provided me and my family an opportunity to rebuild our lives).
My situation took about 14 months from start to conclusion. Phil supported us the whole way. We developed a great working relationship and Phil was always available to talk and meet – we even met on weekends. Phil, who has a thorough understanding of the law but as importantly how the “system” works day to day, mapped out a strategy for a very complex situation, executed it, and got an amazing result. He was efficient with his time and work in order to keep costs under control as much as possible. Even the sentencing judge said he was impressed with and persuaded by Phil’s arguments.
Phil achieved the impossible and I have no hesitation in recommending Phil to anybody in serious trouble who needs a committed lawyer who will focus on their case with compassion and interest.

David G