Since establishing Melanie J Palmer & Associates in 2010, our firm has been dedicated to providing our clients with quality legal services in a timely and cost effective manner.  In 2014 Melanie moved down to Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands and purchased Worthington Reading Palmer. After running both businesses side by side for 18 months Melanie merged the two businesses to create Palmer Legal. 


We at Palmer Legal pride ourselves on being a family friendly firm. Melanie and all our staff are as dedicated to our families as we are our business. We understand how difficult it can be managing family commitments and invite you to bring your children with you to an appointment with us. We keep a few toys in the office and will endeavour to keep them occupied so that you can focus on your appointment.

Melanie Palmer



In 2000 Melanie began her legal career at Charlton Shearman Medical Lawyers, representing individuals in complex insurance claims.  During her time at the firm Melanie was able to practice in a variety of jurisdictions, including the High Court of Australia.


Melanie joined McLaughlin & Riordan Solicitors in 2005 and was promoted to Partner in 2007. Melanie’s successes included representation of the Vanessa Anderson Family at the Coronial Inquest that caused a Judicial Review of the entire NSW Health System.


In 2008 Melanie joined the Planning Environment & Land Compensation Department team of Lavan Legal, a firm based in Perth WA. Melanie assisted individual developers and large corporations (including investment banks) to achieve commercial success in their developments as well as providing advice on the Federal Government’s proposed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). 


During her time in Perth Melanie was also a member of the Women in Property Committee of UDIA (WA) and assisted the National Environmental Law Association (NELA) in their submissions to the Federal Government.


After returning to Sydney Melanie founded Melanie J Palmer & Associates in 2010. Melanie built a successful law firm based in the heart of Newtown, NSW, with a focus on providing quality legal services to her clients.


In 2014 Melanie purchased Worthington Reading Palmer.  Towards the end of 2015 Melanie merged the two businesses and became Palmer Legal.




Qualifications and admissions:


Bachelor of Laws, LLB – University of Sydney

Admitted solicitor of the Supreme Courts of NSW, WA and High Court of Australia


Some of the cases Melanie has been involved are:



This case involved a significant claim for economic loss following severe PTSD caused by the Hospital and doctor's failure to treat the plaintiff's wife's pre-eclampsia.


A successful appeal that allowed a plaintiff an extension of time to bring a claim against their GP for failure to diagnose bilateral scaphoid fractures.


  • Tzaidas & Anor v Child & Ors and the Court of Appeal proceedings.


This was an application to allow the infant plaintiff to continue their claim against an insurer of a private hospital who failed to diagnose a intracerebral bleed following birth.  The High Court denied an application from the insurer for Special Leave to Appeal.



Representation of the family of Vanessa Anderson, who died at RNSH after being administered too much sediation resulting in depressed respiratory rate leading to her death.  The outcome of this Inquest resulted in the NSW Government convening an Inquiry into the NSW Health System - see Garling Report.