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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 3 Practice Areas
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Property Damage
9 Years Ranked
4
Insurance
15 Years Ranked

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Provided by Howard Palmer KC

Practice Areas

Howard Palmer QC is particularly respected for his experience in insurance of employers’ liability, public liability, product liability and motor insurance risks. In addition, he has wide experience of national and international litigation and arbitration, including conflicts of laws and jurisdiction issues involving international travel and insurance. He acts for Claimants as well as domestic and foreign insurers and reinsurers. He has been instructed in appeals to the Supreme Court in Durham v BAI (EL, asbestos 2012), Jacobs v MIB (motor, uninsured foreign claims 2011) and Brownlie v Four Seasons (foreign jurisdiction 2016). In motor insurance he appeared in Charlton v Fisher (CA 2002), Bristol v Williams (CA 2012) and Nemeti v Sabre Insurance (CA 2013). Recent cases include Transform Medical v Travelers Insurance (2015 - Product Liability Insurance), Wagenaar (CA 2014 Foreign skiing accident). His practice includes expertise in construction and engineering contracts, fire and flood recoveries and professional negligence. He has been admitted ad hoc to the Bar of Brunei, and has acted as an expert in English Law in foreign insurance and product liability cases.

Career

Lecturer, KCL 1977. QC 1999. Recorder 2005.

Professional Memberships

TECBAR; COMBAR; LCLCBA; PIBA.

Personal

Born in 1954.

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Travel: International Personal Injury - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Howard Palmer KC
Howard Palmer KC is especially adept at leading complex, multi-jurisdictional cases which address foreign law and applicable law issues. He is regularly instructed by claimants and defendant tour operators, insurers and hotels in high-profile claims arising from RTAs and other types of accidents abroad resulting in catastrophic injury or fatality. He has experience appearing in overseas courts, including the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.

Strengths

"He knows his way around a courtroom and is a master tactician." "An imaginative and creative thinker who thinks of new ways to win his cases." "He's a leading light in terms of travel law."

Recent work

Acted for the defendants in a claim brought by a French social security body arising from an accident in France in which the victim's catastrophic injury claim was settled in England.


Property Damage - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

Howard Palmer KC
Howard Palmer KC is experienced in a broad range of property damage work, ranging from complex construction disputes through to subsidence and flood claims. He is known for his ability to handle cases with highly technical aspects, such as those involving medical or engineering issues. He further has considerable expertise in cases arising from tree root damage.

Strengths

"He grasps complicated, knotty legal problems."


Insurance - London (Bar)
4
Band 4

Howard Palmer KC
Howard Palmer KC is a very experienced silk with a significant international element to his practice, who is experienced at handling injury and motor insurance claims, with a niche specialism in equine insurance matters. He acts for both claimants and defendants in complex coverage disputes.

Strengths

"Howard is concise and clever." "He is good on technical legal points."

Recent work

Acted for Admiral Insurance in a case relating to the interpretation of a motor insurance policy which excluded liability incurred 'by reason of a deliberate act by anybody insured by the policy, except to the extent that we are obliged by law to provide insurance under the Road Traffic Act.'

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