John was admitted as a solicitor on 18th December, 1987. Prior to admission he had an extensive career with the New South Wales Attorney General's Department, employed in various country court houses from Newcastle to Broken Hill and various city and suburban positions. He held positions as Chamber Magistrate and as Coroner as well as various other roles in the administration of law in New South Wales .
Post admission, John was employed as the Civil Litigation Solicitor for Scott Derwin and Associates, a small suburban legal practice in Newcastle. In 1992, he purchased the practice from the retiring Principal and managed it and a staff of four solicitors and administrative support staff for the following eight years. During that time he appeared as solicitor advocate in numerous courts and tribunals in various jurisdictions in New South Wales , Queensland and Victoria. He appeared in the leading family law case of Barber and Barber (1991) FLC 92-210. and in the Supreme Court for the liquidator in various actions in the winding up of Doran Constructions Pty Ltd (In liquidation).
In May, 2000, when the firm of J. J. Woodward and Co merged with Turnbull Hill Lawyers, John assumed the role of Partner in Charge of the newly formed Commercial Litigation Team which employs three solicitors and support staff in its division. John has also been involved in both in-house and external clinical legal education programmes for graduate lawyers in association with the University of Newcastle.
John is a Director on the Board of the Lake Macquarie Business Centre and a member of the Central Coast Aero Club.
"John, many thanks for your effort. The result will make a good Christmas for my family and myself. Please pass on my thanks and kind regards to all the staff at Turnbull Hill whom have assisted." - S Wilson
"I am very pleased with the work John Woodward did for us in Court and would not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family. 'Woody', as we like to call him, delivered on his promise to give his best endeavors and we were extremely confident in is his ability from start to finish. It truly was a first class effort, from a first class solicitor. Just terrific!" - David Timbury, Accountant
"I am very happy with John Woodward’s actions in handling my matter. He is obviously very experienced in dealing with legal issues." - Alex M