Qualifications And Professional Memberships
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (International Business) – Queensland University of Technology, 2008
Member of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Network
Member of the Sunshine Coast Futsal Association
Member of the Sunshine Coast Football Association
Speaker at DEEDI Business Seminars
Drafted articles published in Profile Magazine and Growcom Magazine
Areas Of Expertise
- Intellectual Property
- Commercial Law/Contracts
Question & Answer with Timothy Borham
Sajen is a multidisciplinary firm covering a wide range of legal areas so what is your favourite type of legal work?
I enjoy working with a variety of clients and across different disciplines of law, rather than being pigeon-holed as a specialist in just one area. I like to operate as a general or in-house counsel and be involved in both problem-solving and assessing business opportunities from the outset. My specific areas of experience include finance, e-Business, mining/manufacturing, media/publication and information technology.
And your favourite type of client?
My favourite type of client is simply one that I can build a good relationship with. It doesn’t matter if it’s an ASX-listed corporation or a family business, being able to become an integral part of their business and their decision making process is important to me, and is what allows me to provide the most benefit to my client.
What are some of the highlights of the last few years where you have assisted clients?
A particularly memorable matter was defeating a multinational corporation who was challenging my client’s trade mark application. In this case, the intellectual property was the foundation of my client’s business and was crucial to its ongoing success, reputation and value. One of the most common highlights I encounter (particularly from the client’s perspective) is a review of a client’s entity, asset and business position. We can then often facilitate a business restructure that increases asset protection and minimises their tax. Conversely, when we haven’t been given the opportunity to be proactive, I gain great satisfaction from formulating and negotiating a resolution to help clients extract themselves on favourable terms from hostile business partnerships.
Sajen Accord is going to be the cornerstone for future of client relations, what is your take on the initiative?
It is often said that prevention is better than a cure and Sajen Accord is precisely that. It is a high quality and diverse method of risk prevention in the business world. Sajen Accord allows us the unique opportunity to be constantly involved with business, without the usual associated expense. For years we’ve had to use a sword to fight on behalf of our clients because disputes have been brought to us when they are beyond repair. We now have the opportunity to be our clients’ year-round shield. We cannot only protect them from matters that arise, but proactively identify and nullify risks within their business operations. Sajen Accord is giving SMEs the ability to compete with big business by having their own “in-house counsel” without the over-sized wage bill. The solicitor-‐client dynamic has been flipped so that we are now a stimulating factor in our clients’ profitability rather than a dent. Sajen’s and our client’s interests are aligned. The Sajen Accord manifests itself into the most rewarding part of my job, which is when our clients consider us as part of their business team, rather than an expensive outsider.Back to the team