Steve McAuley – Principal Solicitor

Steve is an experienced litigator, with a range of expertise including in the areas of commercial law, estate and trust disputes, negligence and other torts, construction, finance, insurance and superannuation claims and criminal law.

Steve worked for a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and, subsequently, a national law firm prior to co-founding McAuley Hawach Lawyers.

Steve is an Accredited Specialist Commercial Litigation and regularly conducts matters in the NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, District Court of NSW, Local Court of NSW and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Steve also has extensive experience representing clients involved in Independent Commission Against Corruption matters.

A Councillor of the Law Society of New South Wales, Steve is also a member of the following committees:
• Professional Conduct Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales
• Specialist Accreditation Board of the Law Society of New South Wales
• Elder Law, Capacity & Succession Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales
• Superannuation Sub-Committee of Elder Law, Capacity & Succession Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales
• Parramatta & District Regional Law Society Committee

Steve is a Board Member at Law and Justice Foundation.

Steve is an Independent Solicitor appointed by the Law Society of NSW for the purpose of executing search orders.

Steve is also a Foundation Ordinary Member of the College of Law Limited.

Admissions

  • Lawyer of the High Court of Australia
  • Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Qualifications

  • Masters of Law (all Distinction results)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Applied Finance
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Recent Cases
• The Owners – Strata Plan No 14172 v Cai [2020] NWCATAP 10
• Rayner v Rayner [2019] NSWSC 714
• Vaughan v Curran [2019] NSWSC 1562
• Rayner v Rayner [2019] NSWCATAP 121
• Owners Corporation Strata Plan No 14172 v Cai [2019] NSWCAT
• Odell v State of New South Wales [2017] NSWSC 643
• Perrottet v R [2017] NSWDC 392
• DEF v Trappett (No 2) [2016] NSWSC 1843
• Sylvia Vella v Roads & Maritime Services [2016] NSWLEC 1556
• DEF v Trappett [2016] NSWSC 1698
• DEF v Trappett [2015] NSWSC 1840
• Gigi Entertainment v Schmidt [2013] NSWCA 287
• Gigi Entertainment Pty Limited v Schmidt (No 2) [2013] NSWSC 242
• Gigi Entertainment Pty Limited v Schmidt [2012] NSWSC 1423
• Chick & Anor v Grosfeld (No. 4) [2013] NSWSC 509
• Chick & Anor v Grosfeld (No. 3) [2012] NSWSC 1536
• Chick v Grosfeld [2012] NSWSC 1166
• Brown v Grosfeld; Fitzpatrick v Grosfeld [2011] NSWSC 796
• Pogson v Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) & Ors (application for injunction before Nicholas J) (2012)
• Armstrong & Ors v John Joseph Dignan & Ors (application for transfer of proceedings before Davies J) (2012)

Publications

Articles written by Steve appear in:

  • Australian Financial Review
  • Australian Business Law Review
  • Law Society Journal
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • American Review of International Arbitration
  • Precedent – Australian Lawyers Alliance

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Parramatta & District Regional Law Society Committee
  • Councillor of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Professional Conduct Committee Member
  • Specialist Accreditation Board of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Elder Law, Capacity & Succession Committee
  • Superannuation Sub-Committee of Elder Law, Capacity & Succession Committee
  • St Thomas More Society
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors

Particular Areas of Practice

  • Contractual disputes
  • Equitable relief
  • Property disputes
  • Building and construction disputes
  • Deceased estate and superannuation disputes
  • Negligence and other tort claims
  • Insolvency
  • Professional responsibility
  • Insurance
  • Crime

Steve can be contacted as follows:
Phone: (02) 9633 1826
Facsimile: (02) 9687 8114
Mobile: 0413 853 331
Email: stevemcauley@mcauleyhawach.com.au