Chatswood Family Lawyers

About Us


Learn why Chatswood Family Lawyers is the first choice for many people across the Sydney and North Shore area who need outstanding legal representation.

Chatswood Family Lawyers was established by our principal solicitor and Accredited Specialist, Damian Phair who had a genuine desire to provide quality legal representation to people experiencing an arduous separation. Since the firm’s inception, Chatswood Family Lawyers has become one of the leading family law firms across Sydney with over 20 years of experience.

At Chatswood Family Lawyers, our Family and Divorce Lawyers pride themselves in being resourceful, effective and compassionate by not only assisting our clients with the legal elements of their separation, but also providing them with referrals to our extensive network of professionals including counsellors, family therapists, valuers, accountants and financial advisors.

Our firm have been highly selective in engaging lawyers and we only elect litigators and solicitors who represent their clients in Court, mediation or any other dispute resolution means on a daily basis.

We assure you that we will always listen to and prioritise your concerns, ensure that you clearly comprehend the legal process and be transparent about our costs because we understand that each client requires individualised care.

So no matter if you simply require legal advice during the period leading up to your separation or if you need complex legal advice in relation to child custody and/or the division of assets, our Family and Divorce Lawyers are here for you.


We are here to help you succeed and protect what you value most.


LLB, LLM, Accredited
Specialist Family Law


Damian Phair is the Principal Solicitor and founder of Chatswood Family Lawyers. He has practised continuously in Family Law and Divorce for over 20 years, holds a Masters Degree in Family Law and is an Accredited Family Law Specialist with the Law Society of New South Wales.

Damian has dedicated his career to guiding couples through the divorce process and helping families like yours move towards a better future. He has extensive experience in both litigating and settling highly contested parenting and property cases. With a background in commercial law, Damian also has the expertise to deal with complex family law matters involving high value property pools, companies, partnerships, family businesses and trusts.

Damian is recognised by the Law Society of New South Wales, his colleagues and clients to have demonstrated a vast expertise in Family Law and is a highly sought-after and respected solicitor in Sydney’s North Shore and the Sydney environs.

Senior Associate, LLB


Vanessa is a Senior Associate at Chatswood Family Lawyers and was admitted as a solicitor in 2012. She has worked with the firm and in the area of family law for over 10 years and has vast experience in divorce, property settlements, contentious parenting matters, spouse maintenance and child support.

Vanessa regularly appears in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and is passionate about assisting her clients reach sensible and practical outcomes whether through litigation or settlement.