Nathan is a personable, practical and persuasive criminal trial advocate. He also has a broad range of common law experience.
He has prosecuted but now mainly defends serious crime, fraud, conspiracy, drug importation cases, offences of dishonesty, sex crimes, cases involving disqualified company directors, regulatory proceedings, regulatory work for local authorities, confiscation hearings. Regularly instructed to appear in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Recently appeared in significant cases on firearms sentencing R v Lewis and the ambit of the Victim Surcharge, R v Bailey and Others; reported cases as listed below.
He has experience in hearings before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and appeals.
He has Considerable experience in all levels of prison law: adjudications, Parole Board hearings and advising on judicial review.
- Local Authorities & Public Law
- Prison Law
- Personal Injury
Appointments & Memberships
- Member of the Criminal Bar Association
- On the Attorney General's list of Approved Counsel for CPS prosecutions, level 3
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
P and Others - 2018 – Woolwich Crown Court
Nathan Palmer defended a Vietnamese youth, charged with conspiracy to cultivate cannabis. The defence believed that NP was a child victim of human traffickers. All 13 co-defendants were adults and the case was sent to Crown Court for trial. Counsel drafted effective submissions that NP should not be tried with the adults; expert evidence was obtained supporting the view that NP was a victim of human traffickers; arguments were made that he would have an effective defence under 45(4) of The Modern Slavery Act 2015; that the CPS must apply their guidelines; and that to proceed to trial would be an abuse of process. As a direct result of defence submissions and the defence expert evidence the prosecution reviewed the case and offered no evidence.
R v M (2016)
Represented defendant charged with 17 counts of rape and 1 serious sexual assault alleged to have been committed over a ten-year period. Defendant found not guilty on all charges after trial. Complications in the case included a vulnerable defence witness. Harrow Crown Court
R v Tom Barry and others (2015)
Conspiracy to commit violent disorder - represented the first defendant on indictment containing 22 defendants at trial at Guildford Crown Court.
R v Fatemi (2015)
Stranger rape, trial at Kingston-upon-Thames.
R v Altenor (2015)
Historical sexual offences at Aylesbury Crown Court.
R v Lewis 
2 Cr.App.R.(S.) 27, CA - a firearms and drugs case clarifying the law on sentencing maximum sentences for multiple offences committed on the same occasion.
R v Paul Baxter (2014)
Leading junior, multi-million pound money laundering through a London Money Transfer Business.
R v Bailey and Others 
1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 59; - representing the first appellant in a significant case on the ambit of the Victim Surcharge.
R v Attrell (2014)
Antique expert and auctioneer faced charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and Fraud Act 2006.
Jackson v DPP 
EWHC 2072 (Admin), decision of the Administrative Court, on appeal by way of case stated, Mr Justice Bean, addressing the burden of proof on an appeal against conviction in the Crown Court.
R v Gillies 
EWCA Crim 2140 - a Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 prosecution involving entering into or becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement, Snaresbrook and Court of Appeal. Decision concerned the extent to which the prosecution have to establish the type of criminal conduct for a prosecution under section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act.
R v Shreeve
An unusual high-profile prosecution of a school laboratory assistant unlawfully administering chloroform to a teenage female pupil.
R v Woolley and others [2006 EWCA Crim 1707]
Junior counsel in a substantial drug importation and subsequent Proceeds of Crime hearings. Defending a key party in the conspiracy. The case concerned just under 30 kilograms of cocaine (8.39 kilograms at 100 per cent purity), with a street value of the order of £1 million.
R v Raines and others
 EWCA Crim 2574 defending in a 3-handed robbery case where the Judge's comments led to significant publicity and a successful appeal against sentence.
R v Denny
 EWCA Crim 2624 - representing the defendant who was charged with serious firearms and drugs offences.
R v Jamal and others at Leicester Crown Court
Defending a 'cybercrime', complex 8-defendant car ringing conspiracy involving fraudulently obtained credit card details which had been obtained from the internet and hijacked e-bay accounts and were used to dispose of the vehicles.
R v Norman Sinclair at Canterbury Crown Court and Harrow Crown Court
Representing the "most wanted burglar in Britain". Police believed that he was responsible for over 2,700 domestic burglaries.
R v Bowman and others at Croydon Crown Court
 EWCA Crim 1093 - representing the first defendant on charges of ABH and attempting to pervert the course of justice. There was a trial and a voir dire in the Crown Court with extensive legal argument. On appeal the convictions were quashed.
L.B. of Waltham Forest v Sheikh
 EWCA Crim 3692 - representing the defendant at Snaresbrook Crown Court and the Court of Appeal in contested £11m confiscation proceedings following guilty pleas to using trademarks without authority.
R v Stafford at Snaresbrook Crown Court
Representing the Crown. The defendant pleaded guilty to 31 offences of obtaining money by deception from the company that had employed him as finance director and then as a consultant.
R v Abbiss at Hereford Magistrates Court
Representing a disqualified company director who continued to trade contrary to an undertaking.
R v Marijus Kukarenas and others at Harrow Crown Court
Leading junior in an eight-week, six-handed kidnapping trial.
R v Rowe at Guildford Crown Court
Defending in a mortgage fraud, the case involved handwriting experts and extended confiscation hearings.
LLB University of London, London School of Economics