Hugo Aston

Barrister | Arbitrator | Mediator
I am admitted to Supreme Court of Tasmania, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. I practice in the areas of family, crime, appeals, children and AVO matters and am also a family court arbitrator
(Reg 67B Family Law Regulations 1984),  building and construction arbitrator, mediator and Public Notary. 
Hugo Aston Barrister

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

Trial representation and advice in all aspects of serious criminal matters including, murder, manslaughter, drug offences, sexual assault, proceeds of crime, assaults,  corporate crime, pornography crime, Crime Commission matters, appeals and parole applications

Traffic Matters

I have acted for hundreds of clients in driving and traffic matters, including drink driving, speeding, and driving causing death

Family Law

Trial representation and advice in all family matters including children and property disputes

Children's Matters

Trial and advice in all children's matters including restoration orders under s 90 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998

Arbitration

I practice as an Arbitrator in family property matters (Reg 67B Family Law Regulations 1984) and building and construction disputes.
Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution, is a way to resolve disputes outside the courts. The dispute will be decided by one or more persons, which renders the "arbitration award". An arbitration award is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts

Mediation

I am an experienced mediator. Mediation is a  confidential dynamic, structured, interactive process  in which the Mediator acts as an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialised communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process

What is a Barrister?

A ‘barrister’ is an independent specialist advocate and advisor in law. Their highly competitive training, together with their specialist knowledge and experience, can make a substantial difference to the outcome of a case.

What do Barristers do?

A barrister is best known for their advocacy before the Courts but it is true to say that their strength lies in Dispute Resolution, both judicial (before Courts or tribunals) and non-judicial (through negotiation, mediation or arbitration).

A barrister has the training and experience to anticipate the range of likely outcomes and to work with the solicitor and their client to choose the most appropriate path, so it is helpful to involve a barrister at the outset.

A barrister’s advice at this time can help to clarify the management of the entire dispute resolution process and empower clients to make informed decisions. Early advice can often save clients the cost and worry of an unnecessary trial.

Advice and Opinions

Because of a barrister’s intimate knowledge of the Courts, their specialisation in advocacy and litigation and their ability to quickly identify the crucial points of a case, barristers are also valued for their advice and opinion work and they are often called upon to assist in this regard as soon as a dispute is indicated.

Advocacy/Litigation

If the case does proceed to trial, a barrister can provide effective representation and advocacy, with:

  • Specialised knowledge of their area of law
  • Detailed knowledge of the rules of evidence and their application
  • Full understanding of litigation tactics
  • The skills to identify the most appropriate case preparation
  • The ability to persuade the client’s adversary or the Court of the merits of the case.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative Dispute (ADR) is the general term for the various ways in which disputes can be resolved without (or as an alternative to) litigation.

Litigation is a costly solution and the varying forms of ADR offer a way to either resolve the dispute through legally binding determination by a convener (such as in Commercial or Family Law Arbitration, or in Expert Determination) or to try mediation in an attempt to come to a mutual agreement to resolve the dispute without determination by a third party.

A growing number of barristers specialise in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Increasingly, Australian barristers have expertise in domestic and international commercial arbitrations with many approved as arbitrators with national and international bodies.  Other forms of ADR include mediation, expert determination and hybrid dispute resolution processes.

  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Expert Determination
  • Family Law Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation

Chambers Locations

Sydney Chambers

Clarence Chambers
Level 21
133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 8379 1874
Mob: 0448 807 075

Tasmanian Chambers

Level 1
41 York Street
Launceston TAS 7250
Tel: (03) 6334 8634
Mob: 0448 807 075

Qualifications & Affiliations

Hugo Aston 
Barrister-at-Law | Arbitrator | Mediator | Adjudicator
BA, LLB, GDLP, MAIFLAM, MAIB, PRI, NBPR Level 1 Arb & Adj
Construction Adjudicator, Mediator, Arbitrator
Family Court Property Arbitrator & Mediator
Supreme Court of NSW & TAS
High Court of Australia
Public Notary 
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Hugo Aston

Barrister | Arbitrator | Mediator
BA, LLB, MAIFLAM, PRI, FDRP, GDLP, Arb 1, Adj
Supreme Court of TAS + NSW
High Court of Australia
Family Court Arbitrator
Public Notary
Clarence Chambers
Level 21
133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 8379 1874
Mob: 0448 807 075
Email: hugo.aston@barristersyd.com.au
Level 1
41 York Street
Launceston TAS 7250
Tel: (03) 6334 8634
Mob: 0448 807 075
Email: hugo.aston@barristertas.com.au

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I acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands across Australia and in particular the Panninher people and Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the original caretakers of the land on which my Chambers are situated, recognising and valuing their cultural heritage, beliefs, strength, and capacity, and paying deep respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present, and emerging.
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