"She is very personable and great with clients."

The Legal 500 2019
Linda Linda

Barrister: Linda Nelson


LLB (Hons) Law, Exeter University


Linda has a specialist clinical negligence, personal injury and costs practice with a growing recognition for her Admiralty work. She is recommended as a leading personal injury junior in the Legal 500 Clients' Guide, where she is described as "a barrister of the highest standard."

Her personal injury and clinical negligence litigation experience includes:

  • High-value / complex RTAs, with particular expertise in issues arising in fraudulent claims. She writes the Low Velocity Collision chapter in Kemp & Kemp's Personal Injury Law, Practice and Procedure and is a contributing author of APIL's "Guide to RTA liability". She was junior counsel in a product liability claim involving a defective tyre causing a fatal and multi-injury crash.
  • Admiralty claims and marine accidents. She co-authored the "Work Accidents at Sea" book now its in second edition) and often advises on issues including foreign jurisdiction, limitation and aspects of the Athens Convention and Package Travel Regulations.

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Personal Injury:

Linda's well-established personal injury practice predominantly consists of the more substantial and complex cases, including fatal accidents and high value injuries. She has particular expertise in claims involving issues of fraud and many years of experience dealing with Low Velocity Injury cases. She writes the Low Velocity Collision chapter in Kemp & Kemp's Personal Injury Law, Practice and Procedure and regularly lectures and provides training on the subject. Linda is also a contributing author of APIL's "Guide to RTA liability" (now in its second edition) and speaks on pod-casts for various CPD providers on a range of topics.

Recent Cases

  • Melbourne v First Tier Tribunal [March 2016]: An award of £500,000, being the maximum achievable under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
  • R v P [2013]: A £650,000 settlement (net of reduction for contributory negligence) achieved following a joint settlement meeting. The claimant was a young man who suffered a traumatic below-knee amputation in a road traffic accident. The claim included the costs of prostheses, care, case management and accommodation.
  • S v T [2013]: A £70,000 settlement (net of 49% agreed reduction for contributory negligence) for a claimant injured in a fall from a ladder at work. He suffered a dislocated elbow, an avulsion fracture of the shoulder and other minor injuries, and following a number of operations to remove excess bone formation and for capsular release he continued to suffer neurological and CRPS-type symptoms and psychological injury.
  • Joshi Divya & Ors v Toyo Tire & Rubber Co Ltd (t/a Toyo Tires of Japan) & anr [2011] EWHC 1993 (QB): A product liability claim involving a defective tyre causing a fatal and multi-injury crash. The liability of the manufacturer was established in negligence.

Clinical Negligence:

Linda's clinical negligence work has covered a range of cases including delayed tumour diagnosis, ophthalmology, spinal injuries and cauda equina syndrome. She is currently instructed as junior counsel on a case involving over anti-coagulation leading to spinal haematoma and neurological damage. She is a contributing author of 'Clinical Negligence Claims: A Practical Guide' published by 9 Gough Square.


Linda's broad experience in the personal injury field supports her Admiralty practice. She is well-versed in claims involving The Package Travel Regulations; Athens Convention; Montreal Convention (applying to carriage of passengers by air, but which has aided interpretation of the Athens Convention in cases where limitation and jurisdiction are in issue) and Merchant Shipping regulations, as well as the less-often encountered diving accidents and claims relating to offshore installations. She co-authored the "Work Accidents at Sea" book, now in its second edition. Work in this field often involves limitation and jurisdiction.

Recent Cases

  • F v F [2013]: Linda secured settlement at a joint settlement meeting for a claimant who suffered spinal injuries in an accident at work. He was an engineer being transported on a RIB along the Thames to jackup rigs where test drilling for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project was being conducted. Liability was denied by all potential defendants, which included his employer, a contractor (and the RIB owner) and the employers of the RIB helmsman.

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