Michael Woods Principal of Woods & Co Lawyers

Michael Woods has an extensive background in Criminal Law. He was a police officer for fifteen years and served as a prosecutor and detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch for a number of years. He left in 1995 and has been passionate in defending the rights of those charged. Having seen all sides of the law he is astute and aware of the pitfalls and difficulties of any given matter.

He has a First Class Honours Degree in law and was awarded no less than eleven academic prizes including the best overall academic record upon completion of his law degree. This practical and academic background combined with his unique knowledge of the operations of the police force is invaluable to you.

He has successfully defended cases where his clients have been charged with Murder, Rape, Robbery, and other serious matters. He has been involved in many high-profile cases. Mr. Woods has appeared as both barrister or solicitor in all courts in South Australia.

He is regarded as a hard-working passionate defence counsel. His experience is a valuable asset to you. Why risk your future with an inexperienced lawyer?

Michael is often asked to lecture the profession on Criminal and Traffic Law matters. He is a past member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society. He is a member of the Adelaide Magistrates Court users group which deals with day-to-day problems in the courts.

He was asked to represent the defence on the inaugural Sentencing Advisory Council to the Government where he served for two years.

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Hugh Woods
Hugh WoodsSolicitor
Hugh joined our team in 2015 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2018. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice. He has developed his own following and is committed to your matter.
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.
Ralphtiley Tiley
Ralphtiley Tiley
21/03/2024
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
25/02/2024
I used Hugh on a traffic matter, very stress free, informative and great results! Highly recommend 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
ferruccio cardellini
ferruccio cardellini
08/02/2024
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
21/01/2024
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
05/01/2024
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
17/12/2023
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
18/11/2023
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
25/10/2023
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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