Perspective. Precision. Passion.

Our Focus

Chapman & Smyth have offices in Canberra, Sydney and Parramatta and offer a wide range of family law services.

Meet the firm’s directors. As an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, Bernadette Smyth is highly experienced and has prepared some of Australia’s largest and complex family law cases.

With dual qualifications in both Accountancy and Law, as a Solicitor, Ian Chapman provides invaluable insight into complex financial and property settlements.

What Our Clients Say

Ian and Bernadette have seen me through my darkest days of property settlement. I honestly would recommend their approach to family law. For me, their use of an evidence based approach provided me with several scenarios that led to a very successful outcome. I recommend them highly as they provided me with factual information about the legal framework and accounting expertise with the way the asset pool can be divided. Throughout the process I felt I was in excellent hands. They are a great team. My Dream Team.

Mary Ann R (surname withheld for privacy reasons)

Thank you Berni, marathon effort much appreciated!

Ana S (surname withheld for privacy reasons)

Thanks Ian. It’s been good working with you.

Elizabeth C (surname withheld for privacy reasons)

Thank you again, you have been a part of most of the significant parts of the litigation for my child and I feel many of the court’s good decisions in relations to her care have stemmed from your work. I will always be grateful that I had you on my side. I am also very great full that you have been more than fair with me when it comes to your costs.

Kevin M (surname withheld for privacy reasons)

I am very grateful for your words of wisdom and encouragement; it means a lot.

John B (surname withheld for privacy reasons)

Both Berni and Ian have made this process less stressful and have been my legal rocks throughout. Berni, I am so glad that I stuck to my guns and had both yourself & Ian by my side for great advice.

Nicole H (surname withheld for privacy reasons)

Our Values


Every family is unique, so you need a partner with perspective. Our 30 years of legal experience ensure that we explore every possible outcome for your matter to find the best fit for your future.


Our experience allows us to quickly and precisely diagnose the key issues that have the greatest impact on your future. This precision means we avoid unnecessary delays and costs by focusing on what really matters.


Your family comes first and we never lose sight of that. We know what’s at stake and how much it matters to you. That passion for finding the best outcome possible is what motivates our team and sets our practice apart.

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