Our People

Steven McAneny – Principal Solicitor Top↑


Steven Graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Finance and Systems (BComm.) and is currently admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia.

Steven has over thirty years experience as a legal practitioner working both for himself and in larger Sydney based firms. Steven has specialised in Estate Disputes and Supreme Court Family Provision Claims and Estate Planning for the past eighteen years. Previously, he specialised in Civil and Criminal litigation. He also practices in Conveyancing and Property Law, and Family Law Property Settlements.

Stevens areas of specialisation are:

  • Wills and Estate disputes
  • Contested Family Provision Claims in the Supreme Court

Steven has experience and can also assist in the following areas:

  • Leasing
  • Commercial Law
  • Business Law Advice
  • Property Law
  • Conveyancing and Mortgages
  • Contracts
  • Litigation
  • Family Law

Steven lectured at the University of Wollongong for ten years and maintains a strong affiliation with the University by mentoring students through the Legal Internship and Practical Legal Training programs, and employing students on a part time basis.

Steven is recognised by the Salvation Army as being an Honorary Solicitor Member and is committed to supporting local charities and community organisations. Steven played soccer for Woonona Sharks Soccer Club, and was the Secretary of Woonona Senior Soccer Club throughout his playing career. He also played for Northern Uniting and Cawley Vale Soccer Clubs. Steven continues to sponsor a number of sporting teams in the local area.

Taylor Bell - Senior Associate Top↑


Taylor graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GradDip(LP)) and is currently admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

Taylor has worked at McAneny Lawyers for 9 years, and has experience in all areas of general legal practice. He focuses on Wills and Estates, and Equity litigation with a particular interest in Family Provision claims. He also regularly conducts Family Law matters.

Notably, Taylor is skilled in resolving litigious matters by exploring alternative dispute resolution practices, prior to the matter coming before the Court. If however Taylor cannot achieve an amicable or favourable settlement prior to court, Taylor is experienced in litigating matters in a wide range of jurisdictions including the Supreme Court of New South Wales, District Court of New South Wales, Federal Circuit Court, and Family Court of Australia.

Taylor routinely conducts interstate matters, including Wills and Estates, and Equity matters in Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and Western Australia, and is happy to act for clients requiring his advice interstate, or whom are travelling from interstate for legal matters in New South Wales.

James Howell - Senior Associate Top↑


McAneny Lawyers criminal law practice is headed up by accredited criminal law specialist James Howell.

James Howell is an experienced solicitor who practices exclusively in criminal law and criminal defence litigation is the core of his legal skills. He is accredited by the Law Society of NSW as a criminal law specialist.

James has extensive experience throughout all court levels of criminal litigation including the conduct of Supreme Court bail applications, District Court sentence hearings and appeals, instructing in complex District Court & Supreme Court trials and litigating Local Court & Children’s Court defended hearings, sentence proceedings and traffic matters.

James is available to provide consultation and legal advice to persons in custody or on remand at all metropolitan and regional correctional and remand centres.

James is on the panel of approved solicitors for the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales in General Crime, Children’s Court Crime, Indictable Crime and Serious and Complex Crime. James is willing and available to do Legal Aid work.

James volunteers with the NSW Law Society Mock Trial Competition and the University of Wollongong Advocacy program as a magistrate and is also active in providing pro bono legal help and advice for disadvantaged members of our community.

When he is not busy defending clients he is often found surfing the waves around the Illawarra and snowboarding the peaks of Australia, Japan and beyond.

Kayla Kolb – Solicitor Top↑


Kayla graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of International Studies (Peace and Security Studies and Spanish) and is currently admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia.

Kayla has worked at McAneny Lawyers for 4 years and has experience in numerous areas of general legal practice. Kayla’s particular interests are:

  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning, Wills & Probate
  • Estate Disputes and Litigation
  • Outside of work, Kayla enjoys snowboarding, surfing and travelling.

    Aisling Visser-Connolly – Solicitor Top↑


    Aisling graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Laws, and Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) and is currently admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

    Aisling has been employed at McAneny Lawyers for three years, gaining experience across all areas of general practice. Aisling has a particular interest in:

  • Commercial and Retail Leasing
  • Sale and Purchase of Business transactions
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Planning and Estate Litigation
  • Outside of the office, Aisling plays soccer for the University of Wollongong Football Club and is an avid Manchester United supporter.

    Gena Merrett – Conveyancing Paralegal Top↑


    Gena has over thirty years of experience assisting clients with all conveyancing, mortgage and property related matters, as well as sale and purchase of business transactions.

    Gena is also experienced in all aspects of Commercial Law and Business Law, and is often the first point of contact for client enquiries. She is a Justice of the Peace in New South Wales.

    Carol Reid – Estates Paralegal Top↑


    Carol assists our solicitors with all estate matters, including - Grants of Probate, Letters of Administration, Estate Administration, and Estate Disputes.

    Carol has over 17 years of experience in estate law and assists our clients in an approachable, sensitive, and attentive manner.

    Eleanor Tolman – Secretary and professional assistant to the Principal Top↑


    Eleanor is the professional assistant to the Principal, and undertakes a variety of work at our firm, predominately in the areas of wills, powers of attorney, enduring guardianship documents, and conveyancing.

    Eleanor is also the friendly face of our reception, and is always available to assist our clients in the first instance with all enquiries.

    Liam McAneny – Law Clerk Top↑


    Liam is currently studying law, and international studies at the University of Wollongong and is in his second year of studies.

    Liam provides support to our solicitors in litigation matters, as well as providing general assistance in the areas of business transactions, leasing, and general commercial law work.