About us

Our story

Village Family Lawyers was established by Mornington Peninsula local Lauren Wilson. She is passionate about family law and decided to offer the Mornington Peninsula and Bayside region a fresh and professional approach to family law services. Lauren appreciates that separation is about more than just the legal issues, and uses her experience, skills and networks to offer her clients holistic, practical family law solutions and support. She is a firm believer that Court is the last resort and will exhaust all options for keeping families out of Court. If Court is unavoidable, Lauren prides herself in settling matters early, saving time and money. Our lawyers pride themselves on simplifying the family law process and providing high quality professional services to both male and female clients.


Founding Principal


Lauren Wilson

LLB (Hons) BBusCom BTeach
Director and Family Lawyer
Nationally Accredited Mediator 

Lauren understands that separation and the divorce process is one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life and that each person experiences relationship breakdown differently.  She advises her clients from a position of empathy and encourages them to problem solve and make positive steps towards a bright future.

Lauren holds a passion for parenting matters.  As a former school teacher, and mother to two daughters, she has experience dealing with different family dynamics and working with parents to create the best solution for their new family structure.  She promotes a holistic approach to resolving family law issues and liaises with other professionals such as psychologists, accountants, mediators and financial planners so that her clients can obtain the best possible outcome.

Lauren is experienced in non-litigious processes for resolving family law issues and can effectively negotiate, advise and prepare consent orders and financial agreements in a timely manner.

Although Lauren promotes out of Court settlement outcomes, Lauren appreciates that Court can be unavoidable.  She has a variety of litigation experience and has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court, Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court and instructed Counsel at both interim and final Court hearings.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys exploring the beaches on the Mornington Peninsula, camping and watching her daughters play sport.


Family Lawyer


Clare Compaan

Family Lawyer 

Starting her legal career in general practice, Clare knew she had a passion for family law. In 2020, she became part of the team at Village Family Lawyers and has found great satisfaction helping clients navigate their way through separation and divorce.  

Clare is committed to providing quality legal services to her clients. She recognises no two clients’ needs are the same and is passionate about getting to know their unique circumstances which allows her to recognise and meet their individual needs with the care and consideration they deserve.

Clare appreciates the importance of resolving property and parenting matters in a timely and amicable manner. She strongly believes that Court proceedings should be the last resort and is dedicated to facilitating out of Court negotiations where possible.

With a background in commercial practice it is unsurprising that Clare has a particular interest in property and financial matters. She is dedicated to providing her clients with practical and innovative solutions when negotiating and implementing property settlements.

Away from the office, you will find Clare running around after her busy toddler and entertaining friends and family at home.

Practice Manager


Charlotte Brent 

Our Practice Manager, Charlotte Brent, has been employed in the legal profession for many years. Over the past 5 years she has been working exclusively in family law on the Mornington Peninsula as a Paralegal / Administration Assistant.  Charlotte has been engaged with the law for most of her life as her father has practised as a lawyer for over 50 years, whereby she gained her first work experience with him when she was a young adult.

Charlotte previously had a 15-year career in the advertising industry.  Charlotte worked in agencies in Melbourne, Perth and Edinburgh as a Media Manager and Planner/Buyer. Over the years Charlotte has gained exceptional organisational skills and combines this expertise with her ability to quickly build rapport with clients and colleagues alike in her Practice Manager role with Village Family Lawyers.

Charlotte is approachable, friendly and understanding of the sensitive nature of family law and treats all matters with the strictest of confidence.  She is passionate about supporting Village Family Lawyers and strives to assist our clients with a high-quality service.

Away from the office, Charlotte is a mother to three busy children and loves spending quality time with her family and friends, going to the beach, and has an interest in sport and music.   

Please contact us for your free telephone chat and we can talk to you about your options.


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