Tim Robertson


Even after 43 years practising Law, Tim Robertson knows there’s always more to learn. The intrigue and challenge of Law drew him in many years ago, but even now, the true appeal of Law is the continuous adaptation and change required as new Acts, regulations and systems emerge.

After growing up in East Gippsland on the family farm, Tim moved to Melbourne to study Law and work. Tim has deep experience and skills in Property and Development Law and Commercial Law, developed during his extensive career.

Settling in Bendigo in the 1980s, Tim started his own practice and became involved in Villawood Properties – which began as a small syndicate of investors in Bendigo in 1989 and is now Australia’s most-trusted residential land developer. Tim, and the Robertson Hyetts team, have been dedicated supporters of Villawood’s large scale sub-divisions for many years.

“There are few other Property practitioners that have worked on such large-scale residential property developments across Victoria and now in SA, NSW and QLD as I have with Villawood. It’s such an interesting and challenging aspect of our work.”

Tim merged his practice with that of Andrew Pickles in 1998, and Robertson Hyetts was formed. In 2019, Tim chose to step back from the day-to-day running of the busy firm but still works in the Property team on a range of matters.

Beyond a successful career in Law, Tim focuses on a second successful pursuit – winemaking. From growing grapes and winemaking in his garage in Kennington, Tim transitioned into viticulture 15 years ago, embracing the farming life in Harcourt North.

Today Tim owns and runs two well regarded, established vineyards – Lome and Bress – and as a vigneron, Tim is committed to sustainable farming practices. Tim’s favourite drop to recommend is a Roussanne – a white variety from the Rhone region in France that does particularly well in central Victorian soil.

Tim is a strong advocate for living and working in regional Victoria. The opportunities he’s had during his long career in Law while working in Bendigo – getting involved with teaching at La Trobe University, running his own practice and being part of a vibrant community – have been highly satisfying.