Testimonials for Phil Mitchell, Wellington lawyer
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 (name changed to protect identity)
I just wanted to thank Phil for a job well done. His professionalism, organisation and overall approach to my court case was, to say the least, very impressive. When a difficult witness took the stand during the hearing I felt like we were trying to swim Cook Strait with no arms. Phil was patient and direct with that witness, he turned the case around and we won! I would recommend Phil to anyone facing police charges.
Rod Miller - Managing Director
Water-Mart Wairarapa Ltd
"When my partner was charged with a very serious offence – one which carried life imprisonment, we knew we were in deep. Phil took the case and won. We were humbled by his generosity, kindness and unconditional support. He was our advocate, our support system and our rock over 6 traumatic weeks – we will be forever grateful to him for what he achieved."
Ross and Larissa - Plimmerton
“I was in a senior management role at a charitable trust, helping troubled Maori youth in Wellington. Complaints of assault were made to police involving myself and other trust staff restraining youths behaving in a violent manner. Phil attended interviews with the police, negotiated with them, and eventually no charges were brought. It was a five-month ordeal. Without Phil’s involvement I would have been lost. He was dedicated and strident in his defence of me, and for that I will be forever grateful.”
Jim Moriarty MNZM, Chairman, Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust
“Phil believed in me, and at that stage that was really what I needed. I knew I had not done what the police were alleging but I was terrified I would get some disinterested lawyer who would not argue my case properly. But Phil did, and we won in the District Court, and then against my employer as well in the Employment Relations Authority.”
Atul Patel was charged with theft from his employer, and was dismissed from his job.
“I was a first year Uni student; partying and enjoying life in the capital. One night I slept with a girl at the end of a student party; we had a great time but the next day her boyfriend found out and suddenly there was a rape complaint. I was terrified – my future looked very bleak – my parents contacted Phil; he became involved and after the police re-interviewed everyone, the truth came out and the charges were withdrawn. I don’t know what we would have done without Phil. He kept me, Mum and Dad informed, and got things sorted. What a relief!
Greg was studying at university as an 18-year-old, his first year away from the farm. He faced a serious charge following a student party at his flat. The charge was ultimately withdrawn.
“I was totally stressed out when I went to see Phil. I had never been in trouble with the law before, and here I was charged with a serious offence. Phil explained the process to me; he would always return my calls, and kept in touch. I have never been so relieved as when I heard the Jury Foreman announce those words: ‘Not Guilty’.
John was charged with assault with intent to injure after defending himself and his wife in a pub.