Jodi Steele

Contact Details

  • Called to the Bar

    2002

  • Jodi is a highly-regarded barrister practicing in commercial law and equity who has been consistently recognised in Doyles GuideWho’s Who Legal: Construction, Who’s Who Legal: Australia and Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading barrister in Litigation, Insurance, Construction Law, Employment and Industrial Relations and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She brings over 25 years’ legal and commercial experience to the resolution of her clients’ disputes. Complementing her practice as a barrister, she deploys her strong negotiation and communication skills when appearing as counsel at mediations, and when acting as a mediator.

    Often a barrister of choice in large-scale litigation, Jodi regularly appears unled in significant matters in the Supreme Court of NSW and Federal Court of Australia, and where the matter warrants, with a junior barrister. Jodi has also been led by some of Australia’s most highly-esteemed Senior Counsel in complex disputes in the High Court of Australia and NSW Court of Appeal.

    Her knowledge and expertise across the broad range of commercial practice areas listed below has seen her act and advise international and multi-national corporations, the State and Commonwealth Government, as well as high-profile individual clients. Her considerable list of long-standing clients commend her on her commercial and strategic advice, together with her advocacy skills and judgment.

    For any enquiries, or to brief Jodi, please contact her clerk, Paul Walker on (02) 8915 5102.

    Accolades

    • 2020 Best Lawyers in Australia: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law and Litigation (and as published in the Australian Financial Review)
    • 2019 Best Lawyers in Australia: Litigation, Insurance and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    • 2019 Who’s Who Legal: Australia – Construction (WWL says “Jodi Steele is a highly regarded barrister who stands out for her strong expertise in construction claims and insurance matters”).
    • 2019 Top 100 Women in Construction and Development
    • 2018 Who’s Who Legal: Australia
    • 2018 Best Lawyers in Australia
    • 2018 Who’s Who Legal: Construction (WWL says sources have praised me as “incisive, hardworking and with a great understanding of construction law and principles”)
    • 2018 Top 100 Women in Construction and Development
    • 2017 Doyles Guide: Leading Construction Barrister
    • 2017 Best Lawyers in Australia: Commercial Litigation, Insurance and Dispute Resolution
    • 2016 Doyles Guide: Leading Junior Counsel in Construction Law, Employment, Industrial Relations and WHS barristers;
    • 2016 Best Lawyers in Australia: Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    • 2015 Doyles Guide: Leading Construction Barrister
    • 2015 Best Lawyers in Australia: Litigation and ADR
    • 2014 Best Lawyers in Australia: ADR

  • Areas of Practice

  • Qualifications

    Accredited Mediator, National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), 2015

    Bachelor of Laws: University of New South Wales, 1992

    Bachelor of Arts: University of New South Wales, 1992

  • Professional experience

    2013 – present: Barrister, 13 Wentworth Selborne Chambers

    2002 – 2013: Barrister, Seven Wentworth Chambers

    1998 – 2000: Senior Legal Officer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

    1997 – 1998: Solicitor, Construction Department, Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters)

    1993 – 1997: International Manager (Contract Negotiation and Business Development) for a boutique Australian advertising firm – Asia Pacific and Latin America regions

  • Membership

    • Member, Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA)
    • Member, New South Wales Bar Association
    • Jodi has adopted the Law Council of Australia’s National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy

    Appointments

    • Director, Counsel Chambers Limited (since 2016)
    • Co-Chair Arbitration of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association
    • Lieutenant, Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR) (since 2007)
    • Sydney Legal Navy Panel
  • Selected Cases

    Jodi has considerable experience appearing led and unled for clients in complex hearings and appeals in a wide variety of jurisdictions. Significant matters in which she has appeared are set out in her CV, which can be downloaded above.

  • Publications

    Publications and Speaking Engagements

    Jodi regularly authors articles, delivered papers and presents tailored seminars to solicitors on topical legal issues and legal developments.

    Recent examples are as follows:

    • Impending Seminar on “Issues Arising from Combustible Cladding”: presented for the Australian Construction Law Discussion Group (Chaired by Glen Miller QC, with commentary by Michael Christie SC)
    • 9th Annual Advanced Evidence and Advocacy Masterclass: presented at UNSW for Legalwise Seminars
    • DO’S and DON’TS of Running a Case in Equity: co-presented with The Honourable Justice Stephen Robb and chaired by Nick Kidd SC, at the NSW Bar Association.
    • Implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: Members of 13 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
    • How to Plead Proportionate Liability to Ensure it Covers the Concurrent Wrongdoer: Commercial Litigation Conference for Legalwise
    • Review of Defect and Contractual Remedies in the Combustible Cladding Context: UNSW Continuing Legal Education
    • Expert Witnesses – Effective Briefing and Giving Evidence in Court: Society of Construction Law Australia (SOCLA)
    • Review of Defects Procedures and Contractual Remedies – Defect Liability and Cladding Claims: UNSW Continuing Legal Education
    • Negotiation and Without Prejudice Communications: co-presented with Raphael Perla to various law firms
    • Understanding Privilege: co-presented with Lucy Robb-Vujcic to various law firms
    • Proportionate Liability: co-presented with Mark Dempsey SC to various law firms