A palladium complex (3) of abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) namely, 4-(hydroxymethyl)-3-methyl-1-phenyl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-5-ylidene was prepared via silver carbene transmetalation method and characterized by spectroscopic and single crystal XRD data. Single crystal analysis revealed the structure of the complex 3 to be a cis isomer. The synthesis of palladium complex 6 via silver carbene transmetalation method led to a mixture of cis-trans isomers. In this case trans isomer was formed as major product. We have reported earlier the synthesis and structural characterization of trans isomer (trans-6). However, the presence of cis isomer was not recognized until the crude reaction mixture was recrystallized from acetonitrile. Pure cis isomer (cis-6) was obtained by washing the cis-trans mixture with acetonitrile followed by slow evaporation of acetonitrile solution at 35 C. Structure of cis (cis-6) isomer was unambiguously established by single crystal XRD data.© 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.