Our People

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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 Taranaki.

Caroline Silk

BSocSci, LLB - University of Waikato

Contact Details

DDI Phone: + 64 6 759 5312
Mobile: + 64 27 676 7265

Admitted to the bar: New Zealand 1999.

Qualified Mediator: Resolution Institute 2014

Caroline joined the firm in 2009 and has 20years' experience in the field of employment advocacy and law.  She also has several years' experience in general commercial litigation and as a mediator. 

Caroline has the unique perspective of working both in private practice, as in house counsel with the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Central) Inc and as well as having owned a small business and now being in partnership.

Caroline has a weekly radio spot on TheMostFM.  Her programmes are available for listening via the podcast.

Caroline is also a business mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand and a director of a family company.

Caroline was born in Wellington but grew up in Taranaki.  I am passionate about helping people solve problems, whether through advocacy or mediation or community work.  In my spare time I enjoy being with my family,  paddle boarding, time at home, cooking and skiing.

Caroline has particular expertise and knowledge in the legal issues arising in:


  • Works for employers and senior employees both in public and private sector
  • Preparation and review of employment agreements
  • Performance management
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Mediation
  • Resolving disputes including representation at the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court
  • Collective bargaining (including multi-party bargaining)
  • Review of policies
  • Restraints of trade
  • Restructuring/redundancies
  • Succession planning

Commercial litigation:

  • Civil litigation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Tribunal work
  • District Court, High Court and Appellate Courts
  • Franchise disputes


Partner - Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
May 2011 - Present

Associate - Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen
2009 - 2011

Senior Lawyer - Employers & Manufacturers Associate (Central) Inc
2003 - 2009

Associate - Till Henderson King
2000 - 2002

Advocacy work
1997 - 1999

Business Mentor - Business Mentors New Zealand
2012 - Present

Member - New Plymouth YMCA
2011 - Present

Member - Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ)
2009 - Present

University of Waikato
1994 -  1998

Spotswood College, New Plymouth

The 90 day no fault dismissal period is not a ‘Get out of jail free card' - (Connect E-newsletter - November 2010)

The 90 day no fault dismissal trial period (October 2010)

Private Eyes are watching you; they see your every move ... even at work (LIVE Magazine September 2010)

They were Agents, now they are Salespeople (Lawlink Connect Magazine - Autumn 2010)

We're all going on a summer holiday... (LIVE Magazine January 2010)

No Rampaging Santas... (LIVE Magazine December 2009)

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The 90 day no fault dismissal period is not a ‘Get out of jail free card'

Articles Connect E-newsletter - November 2010
The first definitive decision from the Employment Court (Heather Smith v Stokes Valley Pharmacy (2009) Limited) illustrates how treacherous using the 90 day no fault dismissal period can be. Read more..

The 90 day no fault dismissal trial period

Articles October 2010
Read about the 90 day no fault dismissal period here Read More...

Private Eyes are watching you; they see your every move ... even at work

LIVE Magazine LIVE Magazine, September 2010
Caroline McLorinan, Senior Associate, explores the privacy issue over monitoring internet/email usage in the workplace. Read more..

They were Agents, now they are Salespeople

Articles Lawlink Connect Magazine - Autumn 2010
The Real Estate Agents Act 2008 is now in force. We have heard regular sound bites of information on the new REINZ Sale and Purchase Agreement and now we have competing versions of sale and purchase agreements in the marketplace. Read more..

We're all going on a summer holiday...

LIVE Magazine LIVE Magazine January 2010
Caroline McLorinane, Associate explores the history of the Holidays Act and employee annual leave entitlements. Read more..

No Rampaging Santas...

LIVE Magazine LIVE Magazine December 2009
Caroline McLorinan, Associate, looks at appropriate staff behaviour at Christmas functions. Read more..