Helping you navigate life’s changes, with ease and transparency.

About Fairbank Lawyers.

Accredited Family Law Specialists.

Fairbank Lawyers is a specialist boutique family law firm based in Melbourne, Australia.

We specialise in providing family law assistance to clients from a diverse range of backgrounds in Melbourne and greater Victoria, interstate and overseas.

We deliver practical and cost effective advice with a focus on providing our clients with every opportunity to commence the next chapter of their lives with confidence and dignity.

Shalini Mendis


BA LLB AccS(Fam)
Accredited Family Law Specialist

Shalini is the founder of Fairbank Lawyers and its Principal Lawyer. She is an Accredited Family Law Specialist.

Shalini founded Fairbank Lawyers with a vision to create an accessible, no-nonsense, specialist family law firm centred on helping people. It's as simple as that.

Shalini's vision is based upon over a decade of experience at boutique family law firms across Melbourne.

Genuine care, honesty and a diligent work ethic are the driving forces behind Shalini's practise.

Membership & Recognition:

Bachelor of Laws (Monash University)
Bachelor of Arts (Monash University)
Member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)
Member of the LIV's Family Law Courts Practice Committee
Current Mentor of the LIV's Junior Mentoring Program
Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Cellist in the Melbourne Lawyer's Orchestra

Danica Kwan

Administrative Assistant

Danica is our hardworking and friendly Administrative Assistant. She has a special interest in health and wellness and, in addition to her meticulous attention to detail, brings a sense of calm to the firm's clients and team.   

Fairness and integrity are the cornerstones of our practice.

The Fairbank Way.

Always there, always direct.

As a boutique firm, we are able to communicate directly with our clients.  We cut out the hazy maze of red-tape sometimes associated with standard law practice.  You will always be able to reach your lawyer directly, in whatever way works best for you - any time, any way.

We see you and your unique story.

Every single client we work with has a unique, complex and valid story. We understand that sharing these stories can be hard, or scary at times. We focus on the nuts and bolts of every matter, no judgement, and with total client confidentiality - so you, your story, and those involved in your circumstances can feel safe and supported to move forward in a way that feels comfortable.

Transparency on every level.

We know how stressful navigating the legal system can be - let alone without a law degree! We deliver no-fuss options and specialist advice to our clients in a tailored way - we appreciate that not all occasions warrant long letters of advice.  Being informed and across the variables of your matter, including likely fees for service, is our top priority for you.  We are here to add value and not charge you for anything else.

Our clients are all around Australia and the world - and we can be too.

Wherever you are, we would love to hear from you.

Shalini services her client’s family law needs both in Melbourne, Victoria and in surrounding states. Her clients also include Australians or foreign nationals living abroad who may have ties to Australia, such as financial interests or parenting disputes.

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Our Locations.

Melbourne, Australia

Level 11, 456 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

03 9070 9802

London, United Kingdom

222 Regent Street
London W1B 5TR

Start your next chapter, whatever that might be.

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