Clive Aston studied Law at Trinity College, Cambridge where he was awarded the Lizette Bentwich Prize for Law.
After obtaining his degree at Cambridge he qualified as a Barrister-at-Law. Rather than practise at the bar, he went directly into the shipping field, working at Steamship Mutual P&I Club between 1979 and 1988.
For five years he managed the Freight, Demurrage and Defence class of cover and the Greek P&I syndicate at the Club. When he left Steamship Mutual in 1988 Clive Aston was an Associate of the Club managers.
In 1988 Clive Aston established his own maritime consultancy practice. At the same time he began accepting arbitration appointments and has since acted as arbitrator in a wide range of maritime and commercial disputes. Since 1998 he has had separate spells as a Committee Member of the LMAA and has been involved in developing the LMAA’s mediation terms and in the drafting of the LMAA/BIMCO dispute resolution clause for contracts.
Clive Aston is a qualified mediator, Member of the Baltic Exchange and listed Panel Member of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
President of the LMAA 2014-2017.