James Palmer

Senior Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Jurisdiction: UK


James Palmer is the Chair and Senior Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills and continues to spend most of his time advising clients and leading transactions. James is one of the UK’s leading M&A, capital markets and corporate lawyers, with deep experience of corporate governance and regulation, including financial regulation. He is frequently involved in helping clients in situations where they face significant and unusual challenges, including hostile takeovers, board and governance disputes, regulatory and other investigations, business crises, interactions with governments or government bodies, as well as significant transactions. James leads TheCityUK’s Legal Services Group and is a member of TheCityUK’s Advisory Board and its Senior Brexit Steering Committee. He was also appointed expert adviser on Brexit in 2015 to the UK Parliament’s Treasury Committee and has given evidence to the Treasury Committee on financial services regulation and governance.

Collaboration in the legal industry means

Ensuring the right teams, within and outside the firm, to achieve the best service and outcomes. It can only be consistently applied if embedded in culture.

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Be interested in the clients you work with, not just your work for them.