Hugh Crosthwaite

Hugh Crosthwaite

Bar roll 2022 Admitted 2013
  • Employment & Industrial Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Hugh Crosthwaite practises in all areas of employment and industrial relations law.

He also has significant experience in administrative and discrimination law. In particular in large delay claims.

Before coming to the Bar, Hugh was an Associate at Maurice Blackburn in the employment and industrial team. While there Hugh instructed counsel in complex industrial, discrimination and administrative law matters. Significant matters that Hugh instructed counsel in while at Maurice Blackburn include: The Dyson Heydon sexual harassment complaints (for three complainants); Esso Australia Pty Ltd and Esso Resources Australia Pty Ltd v The Australian Workers' Union VID115/2015 (for the respondent) (discontinued); and The Australian Workers’ Union v Registered Organisations Commissioner [2019] FCA 309 (for the applicant).

Prior to working at Maurice Blackburn, Hugh was employed by AGS, where he gained experience in Commonwealth administrative law and litigation practice. In 2013 Hugh was the Associate to Justice Murphy of the Federal Court of Australia.

Hugh is reading with Matthew Albert and his senior mentor is Rachel Doyle SC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation.


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 15 Room 8

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Employment & Industrial
  • Appellate
  • Confidential Information
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Public Sector Appeals
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Statutory Employment Rights
Tort Law
  • Defamation
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Customs Law
  • Discrimination
  • Judicial Review



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Music



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia


Melbourne Youth Orchestras - Director