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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.


As a firm focused on protecting your rights, our name was inspired by the legal scholar and philosopher Hugo Grotius who, amongst other things, gave life to the idea that individuals have rights.

Like us, Hugo believed that everybody has the right to defend themselves. Every day, this inspires us to protect and defend the rights of our clients who need our help.

As leaders in criminal defence we know that every story has two sides. We defend yours.


Both Younes + Espiner Lawyers and McKenna Taylor were widely regarded as leaders in their respective jurisdictions, so we can’t wait to show you what we have planned for Hugo Law Group.

Hugo Law Group will continue to deliver specialised criminal defence representation in both NSW and the ACT. With combined resources and an integrated leadership team, our shared vision of elevating the standard expected of professions operating in this difficult area of the law is now implemented across jurisdictions and at greater scale.

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


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Dear Tom and Stephanie, Thank you for everything you’ve done! You gave me hope and helped me in my darkest days. I can’t thank you enough for both myself and baby.

Kind regards, MB.

Hi Priyanka, Thank you again for your time and expertise on this. Great outcome.

Thanks again. W

Carol, I’ve just read through all the material you and counsel prepared and filled in my case, and I’m so incredibly impressed with what you and Counsel have been able to pull together – not to mention in such a ridiculously short time frame.

But more importantly I’m completely touched that you’ve taken this on with no notice, and worked around the clock when there are so many other things you have on.

I know it would’ve been so much easier for you both not to bother. Regardless of the outcome this Friday, I will never forget what you’ve done for F and I here. Carol, as mentioned to Counsel, I think you are an extraordinarily talented force of nature.


Karen, thanks very much for all your help and achieving the result we got. We set out for an objective and you got us there. I have so much respect with how well prepared the case was and how smoothly you presented it.


Thanks so much for your great efforts & outcome. Life back to normal feels great. We really appreciate your personal touch. Hope 2021 brings you success.

S & D

Ever since Teagan has had my case, she has guided me along the way very well and clear about court. She has always been able to answer my questions and clearly understood my views. It was a frustrating and stressful time for me; however, Teagan has had control over the case so well that did not require me to do much.

I wanted to take the time this evening to thank you for allowing Mr Damien Mahon to represent me today at the Downing Centre Local Court. Your firm and in particular Damien was recommended to me by my brother in law.

My case concerned a traffic infringement that unfortunately would have lead to me losing my licence. Damien investigated my situation and completely understood my disposition. He was patient and compassionate and took the time to investigate the circumstances behind my petition. His advice was delivered succinctly and with clarity. He explained the process I was to go through and was able to put me at ease, without neglecting to inform me of any negative potential consequences.

I was very relieved to receive a favourable judgment from the magistrate due to Damien’s hard work, expertise and professionalism during the hearing today.

Thank you again for allowing Damien to represent me. He is an asset to your firm.

Sincerely FB