Hugh Woods Solicitor at Woods & Co Lawyers

Hugh joined Woods & Co Lawyers in 2015, prior to being admitted to practice in early 2018. He has practiced exclusively within Criminal and Traffic Law ever since.

Hugh has developed a wide range of experience before South Australian Courts having represented clients charged with offences from Murder to Speeding. Hugh’s practice extends to bail applications and appellate proceedings. He has also assisted clients with disciplinary hearings, having dealt with the Teachers Registration Board, the International Crime Corporation Central Authority, the Parole Board of South Australia, and the Firearms Registrar of South Australia.

Hugh has been recognised for his practice in Criminal Law, having been voted a ‘Criminal Law Rising Star’ by Doyle’s Guide in 2022 and having been included in an article published by The Advertiser in 2023 titled ‘Adelaide’s best up and coming criminal lawyers’.

Hugh is the Chairperson of the Water Polo South Australia Disciplinary Tribunal and also the Player Advocate for the Adelaide University Football Club (SAAFL).

In his final year of law school, Hugh represented Flinders University at the Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) ‘Witness Examination’ competition. He was named the Australian and New Zealand Champion. He becomes the second South Australian to achieve this since the competition began in 1981.

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Criminal Law

Traffic Law


“Very professional law firm, at the very top of their trade. Mr Hugh Woods was very honest and upfront with all my options relating to my case and possible outcomes. He achieved an outcome which I thought was not possible. He took time with my case and went through all the specific details and his presentation in court was detailed to the last line. I would recommend him to anyone who needs assistance with a lawyer. The firm’s pricing is fair and there are no hidden costs involved. Very responsive to all enquiries for clients in a timely manner.”

Obrie Rugube

“I have to say that I was very fortunate to have Woods & Co represent me with my Traffic Offence problem. I had been to other firms getting information on what I can do, but Hugh Woods was the only one who talked to me like a person and not a number. Right from the girls at reception to meeting with Hugh Woods was so extremely warm and welcoming, it was hard to believe that I was in a law firm. If you are ever in need of a Law Firm that will treat you with dignity, respect, understanding and take into account your personal financial circumstances, I strongly recommend you go see the Woods & Co Team. Thank you so much Hugh. You are a top bloke.”

Cheff Sp

Michael Woods
Michael WoodsPrincipal of Woods & Co Lawyers
Michael Woods is passionate about the firm and commitment to excellence. He has trained many solicitors who have now opened their own practice. He opened the firm in 2000 after working for a leading defence criminal lawyer.
Ben Chehade
Ben ChehadeSolicitor
Ben Chehade graduated with an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Adelaide in 2012. After owning a successful business, he returned the law, focusing on criminal and traffic law. He is hardworking and strives for excellence.
Vivian Ngo
Vivian NgoSolicitor
Vivian joined Woods & Co to practise exclusively in Criminal Law after having worked in general practice across a broad range of areas including criminal and civil law. She has experience instructing preeminent counsel across all jurisdictions. Vivian is bilingual and speaks Vietnamese.
Stefania Swart
Stefania SwartSolicitor
Stefania graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Major in Criminology). She has worked in Criminal Defence Law since 2020 as a Legal Secretary and Law Clerk. Stefania was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a Barrister and Solicitor in May 2023.
Ralphtiley Tiley
Ralphtiley Tiley
I hadn't had much experience with lawyers and I found Hugh to be very experienced in my matter.He kept me advised through the whole process and I was very happy with the outcome he obtained.I would recommend them to anyone needing legal help
Mandy Sheer
Mandy Sheer
I used Hugh on a traffic matter, very stress free, informative and great results! Highly recommend 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
ferruccio cardellini
ferruccio cardellini
I contacted woods and co lawyers with a matter that I was not convinced could be resolved. After my meeting with Vivian Ngo, I was assured that she would do everything she could to help. Vivian was successful and my matter resolved quickly. I think Woods and Co , especially Vivian Ngo, are worth their weight in gold! Thank you again Ferruccio Cardellini ( Fish )
Chloe Sampson
Chloe Sampson
Vivian is an amazing lawyer! She was reassuring the whole time and made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Highly recommend
priscilla cher
priscilla cher
Thank you to the wonderful team at Woods and Co for the professionalism, care, time and effort and excellent service delivery. Thank you from our family to yours. With joy and grace, Priscilla & family
David Ndura
David Ndura
A big thankyou to Vivian Ngo and her team for her professionalism, knowledge & fast response in achieving a fantastic outcome for my case. I would definately recommend Woods &co for legal advise & representation
Adam Matthews
Adam Matthews
I would like to draw attention to the excellent and professional conduct of Ben chehade at woods and co, he worked tirelessly, and communicated with my partner and I every step of the process, After hours included to put together a genuine supporting argument to secure me a favourable result on a criminal matter, I will make it clear that breaking the law will always draw a penalty I know this first hand, And all people make mistakes, I'm not proud of it. But with a energetic, confident lawyer like Ben on your side he will secure you a fantastic and fair result !!!!! To Ben I say thankyou!!!
Hayder Al Hamdany
Hayder Al Hamdany
They are reliable, honest and operate with integrity. I recommend them to anyone who is looking for some great legal advocacy and support. Ben always takes the time to answer any questions I may have, and provides me with all the options available. As a new with a legal matter, it can be difficult to find a suitable lawyer. I was lucky to be connected to Ben. On another note, their charges were also very reasonable to the services they provided.

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