BARRISTERS

Richard Seton SC


Called to Bar: 1984
Appointed Silk: 2002

Contact Details
Tel: (02) 9233 8653
Fax: (02) 8233 0333
Email: r.seton@mauricebyers.com

Areas of Expertise
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appeals
  • Building and Construction
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury and Motor Accidents
  • Professional Negligence

 

Associations/Memberships

• Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia 

Appointments

 Mr Seton has been appointed to and /or acts in the following positions or capacities:

• Referee to the Supreme Court of New South Wales
• Supreme Court listed accredited Mediator
• Member of the Appeals Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
• Investigator and reporter to an educational institution
• Member of the Westmead Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee
• Independent case arbiter
• Chairman of an insurance claim review committee
 
Cases 
Some of the more significant cases Mr Seton has appeared in include:

Insurance/Public Liability/Professional negligence/workplace injuries/ motor vehicle
• Hammoud Brothers v NRMA Insurance [2004] NSWCA 1- insurance fraud
• Henry Walker Elton Contracting v Hrstic [2005] NSWCA 253 – industrial deafness
• Toll v Dakic [2006] NSWCA 58 – motor vehicle
• Condos v Clycut Pty Ltd [2009] NSWCA 200 – occupiers liability
• Coles Myer Ltd v Rudzinski [2006] NSWCA 161
• Bell v Veigel [2008] NSWCA 36 – motor vehicle
• RL & CA Woods Pty Ltd v Pacific National (Victoria) Ltd and Wayne Bruce Kuschert v Pacific National (Victoria) Ltd and Anor [2009] NSWCA 298 – road authority
• Haris v Bulldogs Rugby League Club [2006] NSWCA 53- public liablity
• Briscoe-Howgh v AVS Australian Venue Security Services [2005] NSWCA 51
• NSW v Jackson [2007] NSWCA 279 – practice and procedure
• Hoare v Merchantile Mutual [2000] NSWSC 1026 (7 November 2000)-Insurance Disability case
• Wilke v Astra Pharmaceuticals P/L [2001] NSWCA 135 (11 May 2001)- Industrial accident appeal
• Wagstaff v Haslam [2007] NSWCA 28 (26 February 2007) –Public liability of publican
• Gray (Constructions) Pty Ltd v Hogan [2000] NSWCA 26 (3 March 2000) –Building contract dispute
• McHugh v NRMA Insurance Co Ltd [1996] NSWCA 315 – insurance fraud
• Hammoud Brothers P/l v Insurance Australia Ltd [2004] NSWCA 366 – insurance fraud
• Toll Transport Pty Ltd v Haskins 2008 NSWCA 244- Industrial accident
• Schrader v Davidson [2008] NSWDC 61 – professional negligence
• Yeats v Nominal Defendant & Anor [2004] NSWCA 259 – motor vehicle/ roads authority
• Rockdale City Council v Micro Developments Pty Ltd [2008] NSWCA 128- negligence of public authority
• Halpin & Ors v Lumley General Insurance Ltd [2009] NSWCA 372 insurance case - practice and procedure, evidence.
• Pacific Steel Constructions Pty Limited v Barahona; Jigsaw Property Group Pty Limited v Barahona [2009] NSWCA 406.- industrial accident
• Davis v Veigel; Davis v Broughton; Bell v Veigel; Bell v Broughton [2011] NSWCA 170 (29 June 2011) - motor vehicle
• Kempsey Shire Council v Glenice Baguley [2010] NSWCA 284 (8 November 2010) - occupier’s liability
•  Gaskin v Ollerenshaw [2012] NSWCA 33 (7 March 2012) - occupier’s liability
• Cruse v Review Panel Established under the Motor Vehicle (Lifetime Care & Support) Act 2006 [2012] NSWSC 507 (17 May 2012) - administrative appeal – motor vehicle
• Indigo Mist Pty Limited v Palmer [2012] NSWCA 239 (9 August 2012)
• Perisher Blue Pty Limited v Harris [2013] NSWCA 38 (27 Februrary 2013)

 

Construction and Interpretation of Insurance Policies 
• Caine v Lumley General Insurance [2008] NSWCA 4 - insurance
• Vidal v NRMA Insurance [2005] NSWCA 390 - insurance
• GIO Australia Ltd v P Ward Civil Engineering Pty Limited & Anor [2000] NSWSC 371- insurance
• Gray Constructions v Hogan [2000] NSWCA 26 and 68- Building and constructio
• ABB Service Pty Ltd v Pyrmont Light Rail Company Ltd [2010] NSWSC 831 (30 July 2010)- powers of commercial arbitrator
• Livestock Transport (Sydney) Pty Limited v Commonwealth of Australia [2011] NSWSC 7 (2 February 2011) - statutory immunity of Commonwealth

 

Superannuation Life insurance list
 
  • GOODWIN v COMMISSIONER OF POLICE [2010] NSWCA 239 (15 September 2010) - police superannuation
  • Murray v Commissioner of Police [2004] NSWCA 365 (8 November 2004) - workers comp estoppel 
  • Lembcke v SAS Trustee Corporation [2003] NSWCA 136 (29 May 2003) - police superannuation