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“The smartest person in the room isn’t necessarily the loudest. Listening and letting others share their point of view is often the key to success.”

Tim Lyford

Director, Tax Services

As a Director in William Buck’s Tax division, Tim has a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of industries, including Private Wealth, Property, Financial Services and Technology.

As a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience, Tim is known by many as a trusted tax advisor with the ability to engage a whole suite of people within the business. He comes from a background of leadership roles, board level experience within Business Tax Services and has a natural ability for and a deep understanding of team management and strategic development.

Tim enjoys immersing himself in complex tax issues, channelling his knowledge and experience to assist his clients to overcome these issues. As he describes it, “the language of Tax can often be complex – but it shouldn’t be a barrier to clients, it is a gateway opportunity to simplify and help others understand how Tax risk fits in to your personal and commercial aspirations”.

With his approachable nature and high level of engagement across all tax services, Tim is always proud to watch people grow and progress through his mentoring. After heading up a Tax practice in the UK, Tim subsequently made the move to Australia. Here, he uses his global perspectives and technical knowledge to advise on Australian Tax, particularly for overseas residents.

The Facts:

Core Expertise

  • Tax residency and international planning for non-residents and ex-pats
  • In-bound and out-bound business structuring
  • Private client and family groups
  • ATO risk reviews


  • Bachelor of Law, UK
  • Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand


  • Private wealth
  • Property
  • Financial services
  • Retail
  • Start-ups and technology

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