Ashton Denehey studied at the University of Tasmania where he achieved a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in 1975. Following completion of his degree Ashton commenced work at Murdoch Clarke Cosgrove & Drake (now Murdoch Clarke) in Hobart in 1976. He worked his entire career at Murdoch Clarke and was a partner for over 30 years up until December 2016.
Ashton's practice was mainly focused on personal injury and medical negligence matters. His extensive knowledge in the law of torts over his entire career enabled him to provide highly sought after and experienced advice to both victims of injuries and also to insurers.
Ashton was a member of the Tasmania Bar Association and the Medico-Legal Society of Tasmania. He was also Chairperson of the Disciplinary Tribunal, having been a member of that Tribunal since its inception.
Ashton was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2016. He underwent emergency surgery, but suffered complications following that surgery and passed away on 30 December 2016.
The Ashton Denehey Memorial Torts Prize, sponsored by Murdoch Clarke, is recognition of Ashton's contribution to this area of law in Tasmania over the course of almost 40 years and in memory of a man who dedicated his professional life to the law, his clients and Murdoch Clarke.
Awarded to the student with the highest marks for the unit LAW106 Torts.