SILK: 1999 CALL: 1977
Howard Palmer uses his considerable experience in sensitive commercial disputes and insurance law in all aspects of his sports practice. His expertise is well suited to litigation which explores the interface between liability for sports injuries and recovery under insurance policies, regularly advising and appearing in court in cases involving complex contractual interpretation.
Although his practice extends to a wide range of sports, he has a particular interest in motorsports, watersports, skiing, riding and shooting.
Chambers UK and the Legal 500 have recommended Howard as a Leader in his chosen fields for many years. He is noted to have "…an agile mind and an ability to cope with whatever the judge throws at him"; and is admired "for his cool, calm and collected approach in the courtroom, his ability to reassure clients, and his skilled analysis of complex insurance and liability issues".
Howard is a keen cricketer and member of the MCC.
Recent cases include:
Wagenaar v Weekend Travel Ltd. – skiing accident rendering Claimant tetraplegic – successful defence of ski instructor in High Court Action – issues of French law and skiing standards in French Alps (Winchester High Court).
R v A (confidential) – Acting for claimant rendered tetraplegic in yachting accident off the coast of Portugal; allegations concerned complex issues of sailing technique (Admiralty Court - settled before hearing).
Cripps v Goodman – Riding accident on a road; management techniques of rider when trying out horse for first time; acted for successful Defendant (CA)
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