Jodi Steele

Contact Details

  • Called to the Bar


  • Jodi is a highly-regarded barrister who has been consistently recognised in Doyles Guide 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 24 years’ legal and commercial experience to the resolution of her clients’ disputes. Complementing her practice as a barrister, she deploys her strong negotiations 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 has 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. She also 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.

    Her expansive knowledge and expertise across the broad range of 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.


    • 2017 Doyles Guide: Leading Construction Barrister;  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

    • Director, Counsel Chambers Limited (since 2016)
    • Lieutenant, Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR) (since 2007)
    • Member, Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA)
    • Member, New South Wales Bar Association
    • 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:

    • 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