Shaan Palmer has over 15 years’ commercial, property and insolvency litigation experience, principally gained in NSW and London.

    Shaan has acted for a broad range of clients, including English Premier League Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur, successful Central London estate agents, Savills and Knight Frank, commercial and residential property developers, responsible entities and custodians of managed investment schemes, banks and an array of top-tier insolvency practitioners.

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    • Advised on the proposed purchase of the leasehold interest of Lady Elliot Island, including advising on the prospects of securing an extension to the lease from the Commonwealth and requirements regarding aviation and the Great Barrier Reef.
    • Advised on and acted on the purchase of the Imperial Peking Floating Restaurant in Sydney, including advising on the maritime requirements.
    • Acted for corporate property developer in litigation arising from the development and sale of a multi storey residential and commercial complex located in Sydney.
    • Advised Tottenham Hotspur on aspects of their commercial property portfolio. 
    • Acted for a conglomerate of Central London estate agents relating to the commission entitlement arising from the (then) most expensive property in London purchased by Bernie Ecclestone.
    • Acted for the owner of commercial property to secure optimum compensation for land compulsorily acquired.
    • Acted for owners of commercial property seeking to establish adverse possession to increase land holding.
    • Acted for freehold owners of property in the United Kingdom to enforce covenants in long lease including seeking to enforce covenants to repair during and at the conclusion of the term.
    • Acted for the Legal Services Commission (England) to secure possession and thereafter manage the sale process of properties subject to a statutory charge.
    • Acted for high net worth individual in claim relating to the alleged breach of a restrictive covenant not to build and the alleged acquiescence of the holder of the benefit of the covenant.
    • Acted for ANZ bank in mortgagee possession proceedings and provided advice in respect of commercial property interests.
    • Acted for Balmain Trilogy to assist with the work out of the City Pacific Income Fund, which included appointment of receivers to property development companies, dealing and disposing of caveats (to include managing sale process where competing interests for sale proceeds) and advising in relation to unregistered mortgages.
    • Acting for Deloitte in their capacity as administrators of a company that owned property potentially subject to a vendor’s lien and advising strategy to employ to maximise recovery from sale process.
    • Advised in relation to potential claim against property valuers and potential claim against solicitors for advice provided in respect of the listed status of property.

    General Litigation – Commercial & Corporate Dispute Resolution

    • Acted for high profile Columbian family in cross border proceedings brought in London under New York law in respect of misrepresentations and fraud relating to significant investment in Island Records.
    • Acted for a director defendant who successfully defended proceedings brought by ASIC for misappropriation of company funds, securing costs against ASIC.
    • Acted in proceedings for misleading and deceptive conduct, negligence and breach of contract against auditors, including the auditors of Beechwood Homes, a junior mining company and managed investment schemes.
    • Acted for investors in claim against financial advisors for misleading and deceptive conduct, negligence and breach of contract in respect of advice to invest in managed investment scheme (principally supported by commercial and retirement property development assets).
    • Acted for responsible entity of managed investment scheme to wind down a retail fund, included advising on historical structure of custodian and responsible entity, deficiency in scheme documentation, appointing receivers and otherwise conducting work out solutions.
    • Acted in various claims against directors for breaches of their Corporations Act and common law duties.

    Class Actions 

    • Acted for Applicants and Group Members in Wingecarribee Shire Council & Ors v Lehman Brothers Australia Limited (In Liq) [2012] FCA 1028 (Wingecarribee Proceedings) against Lehman Brothers Australia Limited (In Liq) in relation to complex derivatives sold to unsophisticated investors.
    • Acted for the Applicants and Group Members in a class action brought against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for misleading and deceptive conduct, breach of the banking code, negligence and breach of contract arising from the sale and distribution of complex financial products to unsophisticated investors.
    • Acted for the Applicants and Group Members in class action proceedings brought against Standard & Poor’s ratings agency and investment banks for misleading and deceptive conduct, negligence and breach of contract relating to the distribution, sale and rating of complex financial products.


    • University of Technology, Sydney, Bachelor of Laws, 2000


    • Queensland, 2013
    • England and Wales, 2006
    • New South Wales, 2000
    • Recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 as a leading lawyer in Professional Malpractice Litigation
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Dispute resolution – Class actions, Australia, and Restructuring and Insolvency, Australia
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