Philip Greenwood SC

Date of admission to the Bar

Date of appointment as Senior Counsel

Areas of practice
Phil Greenwood practises in all jurisdictions and in all types of cases, but he has particular expertise in cases involving professional negligence (including legal, medical, actuarial, architectural, engineering), insurance law and technology disputes.

Specific areas of practice include:

  • Appellate practice
  • Building & construction law
  • Commercial law
  • Commissions of Inquiry
  • Common law
  • Equity
  • Insurance law
  • Professional liability
  • Public liability
  • Real property
  • Succession
  • Trade practices & competition law

Whilst accepting cases of all kinds, he is best known for cases and inquiries that involve complex factual situations, require a deep understanding of product, industry or discipline, deal with expert witnesses or involve new areas of law. He enjoys a strong reputation for strategic analysis and advocacy skills. He was Chairman of the Australian Bar’s Advocacy Training Council from 2008 to 2016 organising ABA advocacy courses for new and experienced barristers around Australia.

His emphasis is on identifying the key issues and evidence in a dispute, ascertaining the best outcome for the client and then designing a strategic approach to achieve that result – whether by mediation, litigation or other means. He enjoys the challenge of presenting a complex case in an engaging and comprehensible manner or finding a way of resolving disputes without the need for protracted litigation.

He is also an experienced mediator and offers a streamlined form of mediation for parties genuinely wishing to resolve their disputes quickly with minimum expense.

BA LLB (Syd)

Fellow of the Academy of Law
Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Chairman, Australian Bar Association Advocacy Training Council 2008-2016
Member, Australian Bar Association Council 2008-2017
Member of the NSW Bar Council for 18 years; appointed life member 2007
Chairman, NSW Bar Professional Conduct Committee 1999-2000, 2003-2006
Course Director, NSW Bar Practice Course 1990-1999 and 2003-2007
Member, NSW Attorney-General’s Legal Profession Advisory Council 1999-2006