Sometimes the areas of employment and criminal law overlap. Having spent over 30 years investigating / defending criminal cases, Phil has experience like few others when it comes to an overlap in these jurisdictions. Just check his references for evidence from previous clients who have found themselves in the most difficult of circumstances. He has dealt with many such cases and has achieved good results for his clients as a result. Sometimes it’s to prove the employee is innocent; other times, it’s a damage-limitation exercise; but it’s always a good idea to contact Phil for a chat prior to meeting anyone, saying anything, or signing anything.
If you have been accused of criminal behaviour in the context of the workplace, call Phil for an obligation free consultation.
Likewise, if you are an employer and you suspect a staff member (or members) of criminal activity – either at work or outside of work, and you want to know how to best proceed, call Phil.
I had a major issue with a diplomatic mission and was adamant on taking them on but not without some trepidation. The best decision I made in this whole episode was taking on Phil Mitchell as my lawyer. In my opinion, he is the benchmark for lawyers- professional, polite, he listens to what you have to say , he fought hard for me resolutely despite intimidation from the opposing side and at times when I was emotional, he had the experience to guide me through, never losing sight of the goal. He had the experience to know when and how to apply the pressure on them to get the best results for me.
Suffice it to say, I am very happy and relieved at the outcome. To top it off, he was always mindful of the costs and worked efficiently to keep them well under control. I cannot recommend him highly enough- if you have employment legal issues- he’s your man.
Jay Pereira – Wellington
I was a senior manager in a national company. I came to see Phil in early December after becoming the subject of a corporate employment investigation. Phil took over the correspondence between the company and myself which was a huge stress relief for me and my family.
My initial desire was to do all i could to keep my job, however, after seeing how the company was handling the investigation I instructed Phil that I felt i could not return to work, and for Phil to negotiate an exit. Phil was able to secure a great settlement at short notice, finalising everything the week before Christmas – he even worked an extra day into his planned leave to ensure everything was finalised before the Christmas break!
Throughout the process Phil was available day and night, often responding to emails and txts well after hours. Phil was very clear about what I could expect as a likely outcome from the outset which was a great help. My family and I were able to enjoy the holidays with no immediate stress or pressure financially. Most importantly to me, I was able to resign with a great reference, giving me a true sense of accomplishment. Thank you Phil!
Tim Coker (former) Central Regional Manager
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) – Khandallah Wellington
“I was in a senior management role at a large Maori charitable trust when we had to deal with a major restructure and a personal grievance brought by one of the managers whose position was dis-established. Phil worked tirelessly in dealing with a very difficult situation. Phil would be my first recommendation to anyone looking for an effective and hard-working employment lawyer.”
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.