Claire Palmer

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Claire has a diverse practice in public, regulatory, commercial, and human rights law. She has significant experience in the coronial jurisdiction and is currently briefed as Counsel Assisting in the Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes. In 2022, Claire lectured in Advanced Statutory Interpretation at the University of the New South Wales.

Before she was called to the bar, Claire worked at Allens-Linklaters (Sydney) and Shearman & Sterling (London). She has acted as Associate to his Honour Justice Brian Tamberlin in the Federal Court of Australia and the Honourable Chief Justice Peter Shivute in the Supreme Court of Namibia.

Claire has a doctorate from the University of Oxford, which she attended on a Clarendon Scholarship. Her research focused on the accountability of transnational corporations for serious human rights violations. Claire also has a BCom (Hons I) and LLB (Hons I) from the University of Sydney, where she was awarded the Henry S. Albinski Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Australian Foreign and Defence Policy.

In 2017, Claire was the inaugural recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award, which aims to encourage young women to practise at the Bar. She was a member of the NSW Bar Council from 2020 to 2023 and presently sits on one of the NSW Bar Association’s six professional conduct committees