The Bywaters Timms Team


Janice Bywaters

Janice has a LLB (Hons) from QUT and was admitted in Queensland 1989. She is also admitted to the High Court of Australia. She is a skilled commercial lawyer with a broad depth of experience. She advises a wide variety of businesses on legal issues that arise in operating small to medium businesses.

For many years she practiced in the property law area and still advises many clients on both residential and commercial property. The firm acts for a number of independent supermarket operators.

Janice has a particular interest in the area of franchising and business law. She places a heavy emphasis on maintaining the franchisor/franchisee relationship. She can also provide legal advice on all aspects of franchising issues including trade practices and intellectual property areas, and the drafting of franchise agreements, disclosure and related documents.

She is a current member and the past chairperson of the Queensland Law Society Franchise Committee, a former member of the Queensland Law Society Business Law Committee and a member of the Franchise Council of Australia Legal Committee. Janice was also a national board member of the Franchise Council of Australia and is past president of the Queensland Chapter of the Franchise Council. She was a member of the Queensland Chapter Committee for over 10 years.

Janice has presented numerous papers on competition law (trade practices), commercial law and franchising including presentations on behalf of the Queensland Law Society and to the Legal Symposium held by the Franchise Council of Australia. She is a qualified mediator and has attended many successful mediations on behalf of clients.

Read the testimonials clients have given Janice.

Contact Janice:

P:  (07) 3648 9900

M:  0411 518 273


Luke McKavanagh

Luke practices in the areas of franchising law, commercial law and property matters. He assists clients who are franchisors and franchisees in the grant, renewal and sale of franchised businesses, as well as general business sales and leasing. Luke also manages the firm's residential conveyancing and has assisted many clients to buy their first home.  

Luke was admitted as lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland in January 2013. He studied at Griffith University where he received a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Luke was awarded the Griffith University Honourable Michael Kirby Award for his honours thesis by the former High Court Justice himself.

Prior to joining the team at Bywaters Timms, Luke gained experience in property and commercial matters by clerking in Brisbane and Gold Coast law firms. He also has a background in the equestrian industry.

Luke will work with you to understand your business objectives and help to provide you with commercially focused outcomes.

Contact Luke:

P: (07) 3648 9900


Trudy Jardine - Consultant

Trudy is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.     She has specialised in sophisticated business succession and personal estate planning for more than two decades.    Her services include the provision of top quality up to date professional advice about wills, enduring powers of attorney, advance health directives, and in particular the construction of testamentary trust wills containing strategies for dealing with challenges many families are faced with.   Examples of some of those challenges are, providing for "blended families", children with disabilities and the difficulties of preventing the family wealth being "blown" by an immature or vulnerable beneficiary.

She also has a particular interest in disputing inheritances under wills including challenging a will, contesting a will and disputing a will.

Trudy has a Bachelor of Laws degree from QUT and a Master of Laws degree from UQ her main focus for her Masters degree was on Superannuation and Trusts.   She is also a member of the Queensland Law Society, an Associate member of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a Fellow of FINSIA and a member of Succession Trust and Estates Practitioners.

Trudy has worked with some of Brisbane's leading law firms and trustee companies and also was very successful running her own practice.
Trudy is a respected authority, speaker and lecturer in the Financial Services Industry and is able to combine a high level of flexibility to meet the challenges of today's commercial, financial and legal environments, whilst maintaining the highest compliance standards of the legal system.

Now as an external consultant for the boutique firm of Bywaters Timms Lawyers, Trudy is able to 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 minimization of family wealth.  

Contact Trudy:

P:  (07) 3648 9900

M:  0403 029 114


Tiarne Beazley

Tiarne is the personal assistant to both Janice and Luke. She undertakes a wide variety of administration tasks and is the face and voice first encountered by clients visiting or calling the firm.

Tiarne has fantastic interpersonal skills and is able to assist clients regarding general enquiries, making appointments and accounts. She brings a friendly, approachable and confident attitude to her role.

She is also wonderful at deflecting calls from tele marketers!

Contact Tiarne:

P:  (07) 3648 9900




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