FAMILY LAW MATTERS

VERONICA PHILLIPS

VERONICA PHILLIPS

Senior Associate Solicitor
Collaborative Family Lawyer
 
QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor Science (Psychology) and Bachelor Law from Wollongong University
• Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
• Admitted to practise in the High Court of Australia
• Admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of NSW
• Collaboratively Trained Family Lawyer
MEMBERSHIPS
• Collaboratively Trained
– Member of Southern Sydney Collaborative Professionals;
– Member of Collaborative Professionals (NSW); and
– Member of Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals
• Member of Law Society of NSW
• Member of St George and Sutherland Shire Regional Law Society
• Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

I am a Senior Associate Solicitor here at Family Law Matters and have been part of the team since January 2018. Like most people, I have been touched by Family Law in my personal life. Both my parents had previous marriages and children of those marriages. My mother had an extremely negative experience in her separation as the financially “weaker” party, and this has affected her to this day. More recently, my family has been affected by family law in the widest variety of ways – from grandparent interests in their grandchildren’s lives to difficult property settlements and everything in between.

To me, family is one of the most important parts of life. I have seen the impact of family law on the people I love, and this guides me to want to help others through these emotional and stressful times.

I understand that our clients come to us while experiencing grief at the breakdown of their families and fear of the uncertain future ahead. I aim to provide my clients with as much certainty about what to expect through the separation process and to give my clients a clear pathway, while exploring every settlement option.

I graduated from Wollongong University with Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology in 2014.  I completed my graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2015 through the Australian National University and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2016.

Through my undergraduate degree in Psychology, I developed a passion for the care, development and welfare of children. I have applied this to my practice as a family law lawyer to ensure that my clients consider the best interests of the children at every step in the process.

My aim every day is to not only support our clients from a legal perspective, but also from an emotional one, trying to provide a holistic approach to navigating each client through one of the most difficult periods of their life.

I have worked in law since 2014 and have a background in Commercial Law and Civil Litigation. It was during this time, and coinciding with family law issues arising in my own family, that I decided to use my emotional and empathetic strengths to provide legal support to those experiencing heightened emotional stress in the family law context.

I am a Collaboratively trained solicitor. This means I aim to work in a team with the other solicitors involved, to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone, while considering the needs, interests and concerns for the whole family. I am passionate about the Collaborative approach to family law because through this process we can have open and frank discussions about what is best for each person, and we are more easily able to keep the children in focus – this helps preserve the co-parenting relationship after the legal aspects of the separation are finalised.

Since starting with Family Law Matters in 2018, I have worked on both parenting and property matters, including matters involving family violence and risk to children. While I am passionate about keeping my clients out of the Family Court system, I have substantial experience in Court applications and am comfortable advocating for my clients in the Courtroom and out.