Howard Palmer KC > 2 Temple Gardens > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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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.  


Lecturer, KCL 1977. QC 1999. Recorder 2005.


Basic German.




Eton; University College, Oxford (1980 MA Jurisprudence).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Howard Palmer KC2 Temple GardensA barrister whose technical mastery of insurance law is virtually unparalleled. A real outside-the-box thinker and incredibly hardworking.  Knows how to lead a team and get the best out of everyone involved.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Howard Palmer KC2 Temple GardensHoward has a charming manner and a razor-sharp brain.  His advocacy is always very persuasive and focused.’

2 Temple Gardens is recognised for its expertise in jurisdiction in cross-border personal injury claims arising from accidents abroad, especially involving serious injuries or death. It also stands out for its expertise in international law. The team has been involved in leading cases recently. Charles Dougherty KC and Benjamin Phelps  work includes appearing in the Supreme Court in Roberts v SSAFA, MoD and Viersen for a German hospital in a claim brought on behalf of a child of a British soldier stationed in Germany who born with cerebral palsy as an alleged result of clinical negligence, with issues including the difference between the British and German limitation periods. Roger Harris  is acting for the German Hospital in relation to the clinical negligence side of the case. Marie Louise Kinsler KC, Howard Palmer KC, Alistair Mackenzie  and Phelps’ work includes appearing in the Supreme Court in Brownlie v FS Cairo, a case concerning the mechanics of cross-border personal injury claims such as if evidence on foreign law is required.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Howard Palmer KC2 Temple Gardens ‘The most charming silk at the bar, he can get any tribunal on side.  Incredibly clever, with brilliant client management skills, and an eye for the ‘killer point’.  Very hard working, Howard is a great leader in any team tackling a heavy prof neg case.’