Richard Palmer > Weightmans > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile



 Richard is recognised for his expertise having been highlighted as a leader in the field of professional indemnity and “highly recommended” by Legal 500 for several years. A Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator for the last 13 years, Richard is a skilled negotiator who uses a wide range of dispute resolution tactics to achieve the best results for his clients in complex and high value disputes.
 He is viewed in The Legal 500 as standing out for his “straightforward professional advice that is always well researched”. In Chambers UK 2010 Richard is described as “an extremely good communicator with an excellent ability to analyse problems and get to the heart of the issue”.
 Richard has chaired several Professional Indemnity Seminars in the City of London, hosted by the Professions & Insurance Group, as well as speaking to insurers and brokers on a wide range of professional indemnity related subjects. Richard was also a guest speaker for the Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers (IMPLO) at one of their annual conferences and has appeared in a DVD produced by the North East Fraud Forum on the subject of money laundering.

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North > Real estate > Construction

The ‘approachable, adaptable and professional’ practice at Weightmans focuses on contentious mandates in the construction arena, particularly professional negligence claims, acting for public bodies, developers, contractors and insurers in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings. Sitting within the wider national practice, key names in Newcastle include professional indemnity specialists Richard Palmer and Anna-Marie Knight, and principal associate Natalie Keyes.

North > Insurance > Professional negligence

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Weightmans’ Newcastle-based practice handles an array of high-volume matters including complex multi-party claims as well as high-profile, sensitive issues. The team supports various professionals such as engineers, inspectors and contractors in addition to defending insurers in direct claims. Richard Palmer, who heads up the practice, is experienced in dispute resolution tactics and an accredited mediator. Key partner Anne-Marie Knight draws on over 30 years of experience in professional indemnity while principal associate Tom Thurlow contributes strengths in professional negligence construction disputes. Barrister Amy Nesbitt  was promoted to the partnership in May 2021.