History of Bywaters Timms Lawyers

Bywaters Timms was founded by Janice Bywaters in 2004.

Prior to this, Janice had built a solid reputation in the franchise sector in Australia. She was on the Queensland Chapter Committee of the Franchise Council of Australia for about 10 years. During that time Janice was also Chapter President and a member of the National Board of the Franchise Council.

Janice has practiced as a commercial and business lawyer since 1989.

Janice is the past chair of the Queensland Law Society Franchising Committee.  She is a member of the Queensland Law Society Business Law Committee and the Franchise Council of Australia Legal Committee.

Trudy Jardine joined the firm in early 2012.  She has specialised in sophisticated business succession and personal estate planning for more than two decades.  Trudy is now an external consultant for the firm's Wills and Estate Planning section.  She will continue her passion for all aspects of estate planning which is essentially about protecting your family wealth for future generations she assists clients by advising on and implementing strategies to assist in the asset protection and tax minimisation of family wealth.

Janice has presented many papers on competition law and trade practices, commercial and franchising law.  Janice is often called upon to present to lawyers in relation to franchising matters.  Trudy is a respected authority, speaker and lecturer in the Financial Services Industry as well as having presented many papers on Wills and Estate Planning. 

Through their involvement with the Queensland Law Society Committees, our lawyers have also been active in many submissions to both State and Federal Governments in regard to proposed changes to legislation.

Bywaters Timms has formulated a Guiding Code which is the set of rules that govern the internal behaviour of the team:

Our Guiding Code

  • Support the Team.
  • Celebrate success.
  • Meet time limits.
  • Use plain English.
  • Communicate with clients.
  • Keep up-to-date and strive to improve.
  • Promote the firm.
  • Deal with problems as they arise.
  • Nurture long-term relationships.
  • Give attention to detail at all times.
  • Keep team members challenged.
  • Have fun.

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