One of Greenway Chambers’ founding directors and members, Richard practises principally in the areas of medical negligence and coronial inquests.
Over more than 20 years at the Bar, Richard has built his practice on an unfailing commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients. A down-to-earth manner, exceptional advocacy skills and attention to detail are the hallmarks of his approach. Patient, diplomatic and frank, Richard is an advocate who understands the importance of clear and timely advice. He believes that a collegiate working relationship with solicitors is fundamental to ensuring that clients can make informed decisions during the legal process to achieve the best result.
While medical negligence and clinical matters are Richard’s principal area of practice, he also maintains a practice in other areas.
Outside of chambers, Richard is a keen footballer for the Hurlstone Park Wanderers, a loyal foundation supporter of Sydney FC and a longstanding supporter of the Sydney Swans.
Focus Areas + Select Cases
Richard has extensive experience in common law medical negligence claims including (but not limited to) obstetric, cardiothoracic, respiratory, orthopaedic, gastrointestinal, neurosurgical and neurological medical practice and surgery.
Complex matters and major claims form a significant part of Richard’s practice.
Richard appears for both public health authorities and private hospitals as well as individual specialist and general medical practitioners and allied health practitioners whether practising as Visiting Medical Officers, employed medical and allied health practitioners or in private practice.
The particular obligations, pitfalls and forensic idiosyncrasies of Coronial proceedings and the Coroners Act 2009 are of significant interest to Richard and a special area of practice.
Consistent with his practice in medical negligence, Richard appears in the interests of public health authorities, private hospitals, specialist and general medical practitioners and allied health practitioners in public and private practice. He has also appeared for Justice Health and the Ambulance Service of New South Wales.
Richard has appeared for interested parties in many inquests concerning deaths occurring in circumstances involving consideration of the Mental Health Act 2007 (and its predecessor).
Some more recent cases include:
- Inquest into the Death of Karl Guy Meyers [17 March 2016];
- Inquest into the Death of Jimmy James Jnr [29 January 2016];
- Inquest into the Death of Tony Bugeja [26 June 2015];
- Inquest into the Death of John Christian Russell [1 July 2014];
- Inquest into the Death of Matthew Rosen [19 May 2014];
- Inquest into the Death of Nicholas Waterlow [10 January 2014];
- Inquest into the Death of Clarence David John McCormack [21 February 2013].
While medical negligence and clinical matters are Richard’s principal area of practice, he also maintains a practice in other areas including:
- Motor accident claims;
- Public liability; and
- Family provisions matters.
Richard J. A. Sergi
Date: 02 Nov 2017