Hugh is one of the state’s leading personal injuries lawyers. He has specialized in the area for nearly 30 years – giving him not only a thorough understanding of the law, but also a sound understanding of medical issues and deep empathy with those who have been injured.Hugh represents people across the spectrum – in WorkCover, medical negligence, motor vehicle accident and public liability claims – and is committing to providing complete, honest and, above all, practical legal advice to his clients.Until 2014, he chaired the Law Society of South Australia’s Accident Compensation Committee. He is regularly asked to speak on personal injury topics and is an active and contributing member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.Hugh’s started his legal life in the country – practicing in the Riverland for 18 years before joining Johnston Withers in 2005. It was a love of the outdoors that drew Hugh to the country life – a love that he still indulges through his interest in fishing, sports and travel.



  • Bachelor of Laws



  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Law and Accident Compensation Committee (former chair, 2010 – 2014)
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • Trees for Life South Australia
  • Greening Australia
  • National Trust of SA Inc
  • Friends of the Heysen Trail


Favourite Quote

  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary

Johnston Withers Lawyers Jason Bell