Anthony Steel

I was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. I completed a Bachelor of Arts full time in regional NSW, followed by a Bachelor of Business by correspondence, culminating in a Bachelor of Laws part time at the University of Technology, Sydney whilst working full time as a university administrator.

I started my legal career working as a paralegal for the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, followed by the Australian Government Solicitor, then the Law Society.

In 2001 I took a year’s sabbatical from my position as an employed solicitor to fulfil a long cherished ambition to teach English in Japan. On resuming my legal career a year later, I worked as a solicitor for a small and a medium sized Sydney law firm, interspersed with 2 years launching the inaugural Family Law Duty Solicitor program at the Hunter Community Legal Centre in Newcastle before starting Mid Mountains Legal in 2018.

I have extensive experience representing clients in numerous local courts and in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA), including in former St James Local Court, with appearances in the Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle, Dubbo and Brisbane Registries. I have appeared in the District Court and in the Supreme Court of NSW in Sydney. Local courts in which I have appeared include those at Downing Centre, Hornsby, Waverley, Burwood, North Sydney, Redfern, Lithgow, Tamworth and Walgett.

I provide practical legal advice free of legal jargon, discussing with you and personally working on each stage of your legal matter.

I support and guide you throughout the course of your legal matter. I explain the steps, what to expect, alternate strategies, and the potential costs and benefits of choosing different paths, to help you to make informed decisions. I listen to you. I am approachable, understanding and empathetic.  I aim to dispel any confusion and uncertainty so that by the end of our discussion you understand your current position, what comes next, and why.

I focus on the significant aspects of legal documents and explain in plain English the meaning, significance and effect of obscure, complex and confusing legal jargon.

Often you need a lawyer at difficult times in your life. So much can be riding on the outcome of your matter. Commencing or becoming enmeshed in legal proceedings can be traumatic, time consuming, drawn out and prohibitively expensive. 

I understand that during this period you need someone who is readily available and focussed on tirelessly working to achieve the best possible outcome for you. I take a goal-oriented approach, doing my utmost to resolve your legal problems as quickly and cost effectively as possible so you can get on with your life.

I am thorough and work hard to help you to reach a compromise. Whilst remaining open to fair and reasonable settlement proposals, if negotiation and mediation results in a stalemate and compromise seems unattainable, I fearlessly enter the fray. In negotiations and in litigation I am resilient, assertive, determined, persistent, strategic and relentless in pursuing your interests.

My involvement in the blue mountains community includes:

  • Committee member of the Blue Mountains Regional Law Society;
  • Member of the Business BM;
  • Member of the Lawson Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and
  • Secretary of and volunteer for the Friends of the Mechanics Institute at Lawson (FOTMIL)
  • Involvement in the Brook Community Theatre.

I appreciate that it is difficult at the best of times to ask for time off work and that family members you appoint as your attorney or guardian may only be able to visit you after hours, on weekends or on holidays. To facilitate your access to legal assistance, I am available for appointments outside business hours.

If you have a legal problem in one of my areas of expertise, please contact me for a free telephone consultation or to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.

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