About Us

Established in 1980, Robert Wood and Associates is a legal firm situated in Boronia in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. The firm practices in Family Law, Property Law, Wills and Probate, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Conveyancing, and Civil Litigations in all forms and all jurisdictions.

We aim to provide our clients with a professional yet friendly service at a competitive cost. All your needs will be thoroughly considered and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our expert lawyers will assist and ensure that your legal rights are protected. All members of Robert Wood and Associates attempt to ensure that a friendly face is seen as soon as you walk in.

The Team

Robert Wood

Robert Wood started out his professional career as a secondary school teacher (as it was then known). He taught for approximately 10 years whilst completing a Law Degree on a part-time basis.

In May 1980, Robert was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor and he commenced his own legal practice. He established the firm of Robert Wood and Associates, which has been giving legal advice to the local community ever since.

Robert is believed to be only the second Melbourne lawyer to commence his own practice upon admission to practise in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Robert was also admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and thus is able to assist in Family Law matters in the Federal Magistrates Court and all other jurisdictions.

Robert believes that it is extremely important to help clients through the emotion of any given circumstances. While these issues may be emotional, Robert can look at the legal basis upon which litigation of any type is commenced. Together with his staff of leading Melbourne lawyers, he will assess the situation in a caring and sympathetic way to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible in making the decisions which have to be made.

After in excess of thirty (30) years practice in the Boronia area, Robert is not only seeing clients for the first time but is now seeing those client’s children and even their grandchildren. This is seen as a recommendation not only as to the character of the firm but of the skills which he used to help people through difficult situations.

Amelia Leyden

Amelia is one of a new generation of Melbourne lawyers. She received her Bachelor of Law (Hons.) in 2008, was admitted to the legal practice in August 2009 and commenced working with Robert Wood and Associates shortly after. Prior to being admitted, Amelia had undertaken legal training through Melbourne University, Monash University, Victoria University, the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the Leo Cussen Institute.

During her time at Robert Wood and Associates, Amelia has practised considerably in Family Law, Wills and Estates, Criminal Law and Conveyancing, as well as in most other legal areas offered by the firm. Amelia has a focus on understanding client’s circumstances, ensuring the clients do not become overwhelmed with the legal process, and working with clients to achieve a fair and desirable result.

Cheralyn Hughes

Bringing a broad depth of experience to Robert Wood and Associates, Cheralyn has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.), M. Environment and Planning, B. Mus.Ed and B.Ed. After an extensive career in Education and Business, Cheralyn brings a mature and understanding approach to the practice of Law.

Having completed her Law Degree with a focus on Family Law, Cheralyn is able to provide an empathetic manner to her clients who are often overwhelmed by the emotional situation in which they find themselves. This is combined with a common sense approach to achieving an outcome which allows the family to move forward in the future.

Having run her own business for many years, Cheralyn has a sound background in all the essentials needed to do this successfully. She is able to advise her clients on all areas, including commercial law, workplace agreements, contracts and debt recovery.

Cheralyn is able to assist you with planning issues, neighbourhood disputes and environmental problems, as well as helping you with Estate matters, like the drawing of wills and probate or Power of Attorney.

The Team

Robert Wood

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Originally Robert Wood was a secondary school teacher (as it was then was known) and taught for approximately 10 years whilst completing on a part-time basis a Law Degree. Originally Robert was employed as a secondary school teacher in Commercial and Legal Studies whilst completing his law degree and has developed a legal practice with a view of taking care of the individual requirements of a client in a professional manner so as to optimise the necessary outcomes demanded by his clients.

In May 1980 Robert commenced his own legal practice upon being admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor and established the firm of Robert Wood and Associates which has been giving advice to the local community and built up a solid clientele basis since that point in time. Robert is believed to be the second candidate to commence his own practice upon admission to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Robert was also admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and thus is able to practice in Family Law in the Federal Magistrates Court and all other jurisdictions.

Robert believes it is extremely important to explain to his clients, as do other members of his staff, that despite the emotion of any particular given circumstance, these emotional decisions must be kept in check when looking at the commercial basis upon which Litigation of any type is commenced. Robert, together with his staff, will assess the situation in a caring and sympathetic way so as to ensure that the client feels as comfortable as possible in making the decisions which have to be made. After in excess of thirty (30) years practice in the Boronia area he is not only seeing clients for the first time but is now seeing those clients children and even their grandchildren come back to the practice for help and advice. This is seen as a recommendation not only as to the character of the firm but of the skills which he used to help people through difficult situations.

Amelia Leyden

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Amelia received her Bachelor of Law (Hons.) in 2008, was admitted to the legal practice in August 2009 and commenced working with Robert Wood and Associates shortly after. Prior to being admitted, Amelia has undertaken legal training through Melbourne University, Monash University, Victoria University, the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the Leo Cussen Institute.

During her time at Robert Wood and Associates, Amelia has practiced considerably in Family Law, Wills and Estates, Criminal Law and Conveyancing, as well as in most other legal areas offered by the firm. Amelia has a focus on understanding client’s circumstances, ensuring the client’s do not become overwhelmed with the legal process and working together with clients to achieve a fair and desirable result.

 

Cheralyn Hughes

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Bringing a broad depth of experience to Robert Wood and Associates, Cheralyn has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.), M. Environment and Planning, B. Mus.Ed and B.Ed. After an extensive career in Education and Business, Cheralyn brings a mature and understanding approach to the practice of Law.

Having completed her Law Degree with a focus on Family Law, Cheralyn is able to provide an empathetic manner to her clients who are often overwhelmed by the emotional situation in which they find themselves. This is combined with a common sense approach to achieving an outcome which allows the family to move forward in the future.

Having run her own business for many years Cheralyn has a sound background in the essentials needed to do this successfully. She is able to advise her clients on all areas, including work place agreements, contracts and debt recovery.

Cheralyn is able to advise on planning issues, neighbourhood disputes and environmental problems, as well as helping you with Estate matters, whether that be, the drawing of a Will, Probate or Power of Attorney.