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Trusted Family Lawyers for Fortitude
Valley Community

Trusted Family Lawyers for Fortitude Valley Community

At BWJ Law, we know that dealing with family law issues can be overwhelming. Our team is committed to providing you with professional legal guidance and empathetic support throughout your journey.

Our family lawyers craft tailored solutions that address your specific needs, ensuring you achieve the best possible results in a compassionate and understanding manner.

How can we assist you?

The BWJ Law Advantage

Choosing the right family law firm can significantly impact your case. At BWJ Law, we offer a unique combination of personalised service, local expertise, and compassionate support. Here’s what sets us apart:

Tailored Legal Strategies:

We recognise that each family situation is distinct. Our family lawyers listen to your specific needs and craft bespoke legal solutions to achieve the best outcomes for you.

Dedicated and Understanding Team:

Our experienced team of family lawyers provides both professional and empathetic legal guidance, ensuring you feel supported throughout the process.

Clear and Fair Pricing:

We believe in transparency and fairness. Our pricing structure is straightforward, with no hidden fees, so you can manage your budget confidently.

Client-Focused Service:

Your well-being is our priority. We strive to make the legal process as smooth as possible, keeping you informed and answering your questions promptly.

Proven Success:

Our track record of successful cases speaks for itself. We have helped many families navigate complex legal issues, and we are here to help you, too.

Compassionate and Professional Legal Support for Your Family

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Our Services

At BWJ Law, we offer a range of family law services to support you through challenging times.


This involves the formal process of ending a relationship. It can include arrangements for children, division of property, and financial support.


Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage. It involves court proceedings to finalise the end of the marriage and address related matters like property division and spousal support.

Children And Custody:

This area covers the legal aspects of parenting arrangements, ensuring the best interests of the children are met, including living arrangements and decision-making responsibilities.

Property Settlements:

This is the process of dividing assets and liabilities between parties after separation or divorce, ensuring a fair distribution based on individual circumstances.

Prenuptial And Cohabitation Agreements:

These agreements outline the financial arrangements between partners before entering a marriage or de facto relationship, providing clarity and protection for both parties.

Domestic Violence:

Involves legal protection and support for individuals experiencing abuse, including obtaining restraining orders and ensuring safety.

Our Commitment to Fortitude Valley

At BWJ Law, we are dedicated to providing exceptional family law services to the Fortitude Valley community. Our family lawyers understand the unique needs of our clients and strive to deliver personalised, compassionate, and effective legal support.

Our commitment extends beyond just legal representation. We are passionate about building lasting relationships with our clients, offering guidance and support through some of life’s most challenging moments.

Whether you’re dealing with separation, divorce, custody issues, or other family law matters, you can trust us to be by your side, advocating for your best interests every step of the way.


Our Team

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We’re here to help you with all your family law needs. Reach out to us today and take the first step towards resolving your legal matters.

Frequently Asked Questions

During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your situation in detail, review relevant documents, and provide an overview of your legal options.

We will also outline the next steps and answer any questions you may have, ensuring you understand the process ahead.

The length of the family law process varies depending on the complexity of the case.

Simple matters may take a few months, while more complex cases involving disputes over children or property can take over a year to resolve.

For your first meeting, bring any relevant documents, including marriage certificates, financial statements, property deeds, prenuptial agreements, and any existing court orders or legal correspondence.

These documents will help us understand your situation better.

Mediation involves a neutral third party who helps both parties reach a mutually agreeable solution without going to court.

It is a cost-effective and less adversarial way to resolve disputes, often leading to quicker and more amicable outcomes.

While you can represent yourself in family law matters, having a lawyer is highly recommended.

A lawyer ensures your rights are protected, provides expert advice, and can navigate the complexities of the legal system to achieve a better outcome.

Leonard Watt

Practice director – Founder

Len Watt is the esteemed Principal of BWJ LAW, a dynamic position he has held since acquiring Love Family Lawyers in November 2019.

Under his leadership, the firm transitioned from Love Family Lawyers to BWJ LAW, marking a new chapter in its commitment to excellence in legal services.

Len brings a wealth of legal experience, having also been the principal of Becker Watt Lawyers from 2016 to Present.

His dedication to the law is not just a profession but a passion, as he strives to provide unparalleled professionalism and customer service.

Len continues to be a driving force in elevating the firm’s standards and impacting the legal community positively.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Practice Leader – Founder

Michael was awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from QUT in 2012, and was admitted as a lawyer in 2013. 

He also has a Bachelor of Science from UQ which he was awarded in 2007 (before deciding that a career in law would be more interesting than science).

Michael has practiced exclusively in the areas of Family Law, Child Safety (Care and Protection), and Domestic Violence since mid-2014. 

Michael has experience as a Separate Representative for children in Child Safety cases and has appeared on behalf of hundreds of people in Family Law and Domestic Violence cases in Queensland and the ACT.

Michael’s experience means he has a particularly keen insight into how to best avoid Court and he has an excellent record of settling cases quickly and without unnecessary conflict and cost. 

That said, he also knows how to best prepare and conduct litigation if Court becomes unavoidable, and he will expertly guide you through even the most complex and delicate case.

Michael takes a genuine interest in his clients and will make sure that you are properly advised in a way that is easy to understand, without all the unnecessary jargon that so many lawyers love to use. You can trust Michael to be direct, flexible, and empathetic. 

When he is not at work, Michael loves being in the outdoors, whether that’s fishing from his kayak or working in the garden. He also loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

Matthew Watt

Matthew Watt

Practice Manager – Founder

As one of the founders of BWJ Law, Matt is an indispensable member of the executive team. 

He plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day operations of the firm, focusing on implementing operational strategies and realizing the organization’s vision. 

This ensures that all employees are equipped with the necessary resources to perform at their best, delivering unparalleled service to clients.

An active member of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) and an associate member of the QLD Law Society, Matt consistently stays updated with the latest in legal practice management. 

He recognizes the significance of continuous professional growth, ensuring that he offers the best support to legal practitioners. 

Moreover, he adeptly manages a diverse range of corporate and strategic responsibilities inherent to the role of a practice manager.

Serena May

Serena May

LLB (Hons) BBus

Serena was admitted to the profession in 2022 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business from QUT. 

Serena has previous experience as a Barrister’s Assistant in family law as well as working in a mid-tier commercial law firm in property law, wills and estates, employment law and construction disputes. This experience has provided her with the opportunity to learn from an array of senior legal practitioners before choosing to specialise in family law.

Serena is passionate about ensuring her clients feel well informed throughout their matter. Serena acknowledges every personal circumstance is unique and no other person knows exactly what it is like to walk in your shoes. 

Serena recognises that clients are often experiencing immense stress and require compassionate and efficient communication from start to finish to empower them to move on to the next chapter of their life.

On her weekends Serena enjoys heading to the coast for a surf and spending time with her poodle pup, Miss April May.

Jon Staby

Jon Staby


Jon was born in Windhoek, Namibia and moved with his family to Brisbane in 2005. Jon is currently studying his Bachelor of Laws and aims to complete it by the end of 2024. 

Jon has been currently working as a Paralegal since April 2023 and has a keen interest in all family law areas.  

Jon believes in the law to empathetically and expertly help clients to reach the best outcomes for their unique circumstances. 

In his free time, Jon’s hobbies include painting, playing basketball with friends, and watching television shows with his pet cat Luna.  

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas

Legal Bookkeeping & Accounting

Meet Lisa, our seasoned professional who joined our team in August 2022, boasting an impressive background of over two decades in accounting. With a solid foundation in IT and a Bachelor of Science under her belt, Lisa’s journey evolved as she not only managed her own accounting firm but also earned postgraduate degrees in both accounting and commercial law.

In her pivotal role, Lisa is instrumental in maintaining the firm’s compliance and ensuring seamless operations. Her wealth of experience brings a wealth of knowledge to our team, contributing to our success and client satisfaction.

Beyond the numbers, Lisa finds balance in her life through activities like Pilates and walks with her beloved dogs. Her dedication, expertise, and passion make Lisa an invaluable asset to our team, driving us towards excellence in every aspect of our work.

Amy Hayslep

Amy Hayslep


Amy joined our team in December 2022 as a receptionist, where she plays a vital role in managing our firm’s administrative support and daily operations. 

Her commitment to excellence and efficiency has greatly contributed to the smooth running of our office. 

Amy is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business with a focus on Marketing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a testament to her dedication to professional growth and understanding of business dynamics. 

Amy’s aspiration to integrate her marketing insights into her current role demonstrates her forward-thinking approach and commitment to continuous improvement. Outside of work, Amy enjoys Pilates, baking, and gardening.