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Hugo Law Group is a market leader in the industry, providing exceptional representation to people facing serious criminal charges.

We understand that being accused of a criminal offence can be overwhelming.  When this happens, you need a specialist criminal lawyer in your corner who knows what they are doing and what you are going through.

We are a firm with scale, yet boutique in our service delivery. We do what you would expect and demand for yourself or a loved one in a time of crisis. Our approach is personalised and meticulous, leaving no stone unturned. We proudly elevate the standard expected of professionals operating in this difficult area of the law.

Drawing on decades of experience, our team of criminal lawyers will guide you through the legal process, providing comprehensive, honest and strategic advice – qualities that give us our renowned reputation.


Younes + Espiner Lawyers and McKenna Taylor, two preeminent criminal law firms in Sydney and Canberra respectively, have recently merged, joining forces under a new firm and brand – Hugo Law Group.

The transition marks an exciting time for both firms. We are thrilled by what the new firm will deliver for our valued clients and the wider legal profession.

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We deliver specialised criminal defence representation in NSW and the ACT, providing exceptional representation to people facing serious criminal charges.

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Being accused of a criminal offence can be overwhelming. Drawing on decades of experience, our team of criminal lawyers will guide you through the legal process.

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“Hi Priyanka, I’ve been meaning to write back to you to say thank you. It was a pleasure having you represent me. Not only were you a legal wealth of knowledge but you were empathetic and made a traumatising process slightly easier with the support you offered. Hopefully I won’t NEED to come to you again in the near future but if something happens, you’ll be the first one I call.”

“Hi Adrian. I’m writing to thank you for the outcome you delivered for J and the way you went about delivering it. We’ve not been involved in any court proceeding before, and were relieved to have you recommended to us through a friend. Once we connected with you, we were confident all the way through that you would ensure that the law was enacted fairly. Best of all, you gained J’s confidence quickly, which made a stressful situation and process for him so much better. So, thank you. Your calm confidence and your kindness turned what could have been a negative experience a positive one for our family.”

— LP

“Hi Tom and Stephanie, Thanks so much for your email, and all your hard work. I appreciate it very much. I am so very grateful for your understanding. I hope you know you and your firm have helped me survive one of the most painful parts of my life. Just knowing your firm was there and on my side helped me so much. I will never be able to express enough gratitude and I will always find ways to say thank you. Please accept my sincerest thanks and best wishes.”

“Helen, many thanks again for your thorough attention and assistance in achieving the positive conclusion this week. I am truly grateful for the prompt, professional and diligent effort that all of you provided, and for having taken over the matter with a relatively short time to prepare.”

“Karen, I cannot thank you enough for your representation on this matter. From our first conversation I felt very much at ease with your support and explanation of the process. I am thrilled with the outcome. Again, thank you for everything – I will very happily recommend you to anyone in the future.”

“Hi Carol, from the bottom of my heart thank you for everything that you have done for me over the last couple of weeks. I was seriously completely lost with everything to do with this matter and you were nothing but sincere and genuine the entire time and for that I wanted to say thank you. I really wouldn’t have been able to attend today without you. Thank you.”


“Teagan, Just wanted to say once again thanks so much for today’s case. I was hoping we would get a victory, it’s been a long preparation till this day since we’ve met. I do appreciate your support.”

— T.R.

“I just want to say thank you to Damien Mahon for his professionalism while acting in my matter. He took all conceivable steps to present my case to satisfy the Magistrate and get the best possible result. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome, given the nature of my traffic offence. I had to attend a Court appearance on my birthday and the result was the best gift I have ever received. Thank you again Damien, you’re an outstanding lawyer. Greatly appreciated.”


“Thank you for briefing me in Mr XX’s recent trial. It was a pleasure to work with Max Haesler, he was extremely professional in every way, has sound knowledge of the law, and showed exceptional people management skills in working with Mr X.”

PS (Barrister at Law)

“Stephanie, thank you for your advocacy, I feel a pretty good result in my situation.”


“Carol at Hugo Law Group was highly skilled and very easy to deal with. Her efficient, professional and measured approach took all the stress out of my legal matter and got me the non-conviction result I sought. I would highly recommend Carol and Hugo Law Group for all your legal defence needs.”


“Hi Karen, Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. You stood out by far as the most persuasive and passionate lawyer at the bar table. I was so comforted to have had you by my side as my lawyer.”


“Helen, I really appreciate you taking the time to review this matter and alleviating what is a very foreign and stressful experience.”


“Dear Teagan

My wife and I want to thank you most sincerely for your work on our son’s behalf, particularly the work on the latest matter. Your dedication to the task and assembling and presentation of the evidence was critical to success in the matter.

We wish you all the best in your future law career.

Kind regards”


“Hi Damien. I would like to express my gratitude and thanks for acting for AL on Tuesday at Waverley Court. She said you were lovely and kind to her at the same time being professional and obtaining an excellent result.

Thank you also for communicating with me during this difficult time, we both think you are awesome, thanks.”


“Couldn’t be happier with the work Tom Taylor does. Found him to be very professional super nice man and excellent at what he does. Would recommend his services to everyone!”

“I engaged Priyanka and Hugo Law Group for representation of a DUI Charge. Priyanka was approachable, knowledgeable and was able to obtain a better outcome for me than I possibly could have hoped for. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her services.”


“Jack Johnson solicitor and counsel Katrina Musgrove of hugo canberra Team, There are not enough thank and My most heartfelt thanks for your legal advice and skill for my case. Finally, they won my case.”

“Adrian Mckenna & Priyanka Koci were prompt, informative and reliable. I would not hesitate in recommending each of them to friends and family.”