Ms. Steele has more than 20 years' experience advising on contentious and non-contentious construction law matters. She has extensive experience in contract drafting and negotiation as well as litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the project management, construction, engineering and infrastructure project sectors.
Ms. Steele is an accredited adjudicator with the Resolution Institute and has determined in excess of 20 adjudication applications since becoming accredited. Her work in the area of security of payment includes successfully defending the first challenge to an adjudicator's determination in the NSW Court of Appeal under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).
Ms. Steele's experience working in-house for one of Australia's largest property groups has provided her with a commercial approach to advising both Principals and some of Australia's largest construction companies.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Steele spent six years as the Assistant General Counsel for Lendlease Project Management & Construction (Australia) Pty Limited. In that role, she provided strategic leadership and management of the in-house legal practice in order to support legal advice, bid evaluation, contract formation, risk control and decision making relating to company operations and objectives.