Kris Ashen

Principal Lawyer

Kris began his legal career as an Articled Clerk on the Sunshine Coast in 2002, the same year that he graduated from university with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Following his admission to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2004, Kris moved to the United Kingdom and worked as an in-house lawyer for two London boroughs.

Kris joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) when he returned to Australia in 2006 where he prosecuted criminal trials, sentences, applications and pre-trial hearings. After 10 years at the ODPP, Kris moved to the Office of the Director of Child Protection Litigation before joining Crown Law in 2018.

As an advocacy and prosecutions specialist, Kris advises on complex statutory prosecutions and other court matters and appears at the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Advocacy and prosecutions

  • Providing advice on statutory prosecutions including advice on sufficiency of evidence and prospects of success for simple and indictable offences regarding:

– work health and safety offences and enforcement

– housing and education prosecution

– workers’ compensation prosecutions.

  • Appearing as Counsel in the District and Magistrates Courts.
  • Preparing for proceedings under the Mental Health Act 2016 including appearing as Counsel at proceedings in the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
  • Advising on appeals in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Appearing as an advocate at contested matters including appeals, stay applications, child protection hearings and mentions.
  • Drafting applications for child protection orders ranging from long term guardianship to parental supervision orders.
  • Preparing for and appearing at Court Ordered Conferences.

Child protection

  • Appearing as an advocate at contested matters including appeals, stay applications, child protection hearings and mentions.
  • Drafting applications for child protection orders ranging from long term guardianship to parental supervision orders.
  • Preparing for and appearing at Court Ordered Conferences.

Criminal Law

Kris held various positions with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions over a 10 year period. Kris’ criminal litigation experience includes:

  • conducting criminal trials that involved addressing juries, questioning witnesses for the Crown and cross-examining witnesses and defendants
  • drafting correspondence and legal documents including indictments, subpoenas, witness statements, applications and draft orders
  • preparing and appearing at contested bail applications in the Supreme, District, Children's and Magistrates Court
  • prosecuting sentences, breach hearings and summary pleas
  • preparing and drafting indictments for offences including murder, sex offences, child exploitation, large-scale drug trafficking and fraud matters
  • prosecuting committal hearings including lengthy full evidence committals for major crime matters.