Mark Steele SC

Mark Steele SCMark Steele SC

Mark came to the Bar in 1995 after working as a commercial lawyer at Hedderwick Fookes & Alston in Melbourne and Linklaters & Paines in London and then ten years as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and Goldman Sachs in London, New York and Sydney. He took silk in 2013.

He has acted in a wide range of commercial and company disputes and has been involved in a number of complex and long running commercial cases.

Mark has acted both for and against ASIC in relation to a large number of corporate governance and civil penalty matters, including investigations and litigation arising out of major corporate collapses, such as One.Tel, Allco Financial Group and ABC Learning, and appeared for ASIC in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Mark also has a depth of experience in larger, employment related matters (restraints of trade and alleged breaches of employment contracts) in the Federal and Supreme Courts.  He is currently engaged in research for a PhD at the University of Sydney on the topic: The Practice and Regulation of Witness Preparation in Civil Proceedings in Australia.


Admissions and Appointments
  • Appointed Senior Counsel: 2013
  • Admitted to the Bar: 1995
  • University of Oxford, BCL with distinction: 1982 - 1983
  • University of Melbourne, B.Comm, LLB (Hons): 1976 - 1981
Practice Areas
Banking & Financial Services
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Commercial Law
Commissions & Inquiries
Corporations Law
Employment & Industrial
Equity & Trusts
Professional Indemnity
Representative Proceedings
  • Mark Steele, 'Witness Preparation and the Corruption of Evidence in Civil Proceedings' (2023) 42(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 158
  • Mark Steele, 'The Ethics and Practice of Witness Preparation' (2022) Bar News 58
  • Mark Steele, 'Report of the Witness Evidence Working Group in the UK' (2020) Bar News 16