David Palmer UK Housing Law

About David

David Palmer UK Housing Law deals with many different development-related matters. He specializes in advising on the acquisition of land and related development agreements, as well as investment sales, purchases, and commercial leases. David is an expert in the energy sector and advises developers on grid-balancing projects covering England and Wales. He also acts for banks, building societies, and private lenders on property financial advisory matters.

Professional Experience

  • Qualified as a Solicitor in 2007
  • Director Morgan LaRoche Limited 2015

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Property


David offers extensive experience working with clients across a range of HR-related issues. His reputation is for commercial, no-nonsense advice–which he takes pride in.

David has been named a Rising Star in IFLR’s EMEA Expert Guide 2022, and he is one to keep an eye on.

With his expertise and experience, David is a wise advisor when it comes to any transaction. In the past, he has defended many employment tribunal cases, won appeals in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and advised extensively on out-of-court settlements.


David qualified as a lawyer in Scotland and also has a law degree from England. He worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.


David Palmer has been Co-operative Housing Project Manager at the Wales Co-operative Centre since November 2012 and is currently looking to resume his previous role, while finishing coursework for his Community Led Housing Advisor qualification in England.

Dave Palmer has previously been a National Affordable Housing Programme Manager at Persimmon Homes (Westbury), with responsibility for their Homes and Communities Agency bids and program delivery in England. He has experience with housing associations of all sizes, including ones in Wales and England. He’s also been a secretary at a registered friendly society that renovated homes, and he’s on the board of an organization that is transferring to become a housing cooperative.

Shoosmiths Appoints David Palmer as New Head of Access Legal

Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of David Palmer to be the new head of our consumer legal services division, Access Legal. Palmer will oversee the future development of Access Legal, which has seen great success in its first 18 months.

We’re very pleased to announce that David is taking over from Judith. Judith has always been a valuable asset to Shoosmiths and she has spent months working on Access Legal with us. She will be moving into a new, exciting role as Head of Professional Services for all major clients.

Judith Dorkins, who is retiring from her current role to pursue other interests, commented on David taking over from her: “David is an experienced business leader who had developed success across a wide range of sectors.

“After speaking to him, it became apparent that he had the skills we were looking for and would be able to take Access Legal to the next level in the journey to become a leading & trusted provider of high-quality legal services.”

Conversant with the exciting times that lie ahead in the legal services market, David Palmer, the new head of consumer services at Access Legal, is looking forward to assuming his role. To be the leading player we intend in this brave new world. We need to offer legal expertise coupled with traditional services delivered in modern ways. We must also do things in a way that deploys some of the best practices from other fast-moving sectors. I’m looking forward to your contributions on these matters.

David’s illustrious career spans a wide range of roles including such jobs as director of the UK personal cards business of Citigroup, an international marketing expert with US private equity and investment banking group Robert W Baird and holding a role as both Director of Personal Customers Marketing.

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