About Us

Libby Brown

LLB (Otago)

Libby is a specialised employment lawyer, with vast knowledge, expertise and experience in her field.

Raised in Hawke’s Bay, Libby returned to the region in 2005, and after ten years working for an employment law team, decided to develop a specialist employment law and litigation firm. She set up her own practice Brown & Bates in 2015, with fellow director and university cohort Jol Bates.


Phone: +64 (0)6 651 1600
Email: libby@brownandbates.nz

Area of Expertise

Employment Law

Jol Bates

LLB (Otago)

If you’ve got a complex legal issue, Jol is your man. With more than 20 years experience in the legal world, he’s well-known for his employment law, civil and commercial litigation work. He deals with clients in Hawke’s Bay, throughout New Zealand and the globe.

Jol is a sought-after advocate who prides himself on having a customer-oriented approach.


Phone: +64 (0)21 860 959
Email: jol@brownandbates.nz

Area of Expertise

Civil Litigation and Employment Law

Rosemary Silva-Jones

Legal Executive

Rosemary is the first face you see when you walk into the practice.
She joined Brown & Bates when it opened in 2015.

Rosemary has a Legal Executive Diploma from the New Zealand Law Society.


Level 1, 39 Tennyson Street
PO Box 59
Napier 4140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 (0)6 651 1600
Email: info@brownandbates.nz