"Very user friendly, approachable and has a good manner with clients."

Legal 500 2020
Linda Linda

Barrister: Linda Nelson


LLB (Hons) Law, Exeter University


Linda has a specialist clinical negligence, personal injury and Admiralty practice. She is recommended as a leading junior in the Legal 500 Clients' Guide:

  • "She is a marine specialist; very intelligent, approachable, reliable and quick to grasp the issues” (Legal 500, Travel Law Leading Junior, 2020)
  • “Very user friendly, approachable and has a good manner with clients” (Legal 500, Personal Injury Leading Junior, 2020)
  • “a barrister of the highest standard" (Legal 500, Personal Injury Leading Junior, 2019)

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Personal Injury:

Linda has a well-established personal injury practice dealing with the more substantial and complex cases, including fatal accidents and serious injuries. She has particular expertise in claims involving issues of road traffic insurance, the MIB and fraud, with a grounding of many years’ experience acting in Low Velocity Injury cases. 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" (now in its second edition). She has been head of the PI team at 9 Gough Square for the last 3 years.

Recent Cases

  • Kitt v Horton (2018): a £400,000 settlement for a driver involved in a head-on collision resulting in significant injury.
  • 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 for a young man who suffered a traumatic below-knee amputation in a road traffic accident.
  • S v T [2013]: A £70,000 settlement (net of 49% agreed reduction for contributory negligence) for a claimant who fell from a ladder at work and suffered physical, neurological and psychological injury.
  • Joshi Divya & Ors v Toyo Tire & Rubber Co Ltd (t/a Toyo Tires of Japan) & anr [2011] EWHC 1993 (QB): Acting as junior counsel for the claimants in a product liability claim involving a defective tyre causing a fatal and multi-injury crash. The liability of the manufacturer was established at trial and the claims were settled thereafter.

Clinical Negligence:

Linda's clinical negligence work has covered a range of cases including delayed tumour diagnosis, spinal injuries and cauda equina syndrome and she is often instructed in cases involving peri-natal injury/death and gynaecological treatment. She is a contributing author of 'Clinical Negligence Claims: A Practical Guide' published by 9 Gough Square.

Recent Cases:

  • SYA v Barts Health NHS Trust (2018): acting as junior counsel for four NHS Trust defendants in a claim arising from a delayed diagnosis leading to spinal cord damage, seizures and cognitive and motor impairment. Claim settled for £3.5m plus PPOs.
  • Lesforis v Tolias [2018] EWHC 1225 (QB): acting as junior counsel for a claimant who suffered spinal cord damage following a lumbar decompression operation, due to having been given anti-thrombotic chemoprophylaxis within 3 hours of that surgery. Judgment obtained at trial; upheld on appeal.
  • Vekaria v NHS Brent (2018): settlement of a claim concerning insertion of vaginal mesh

Admiralty and Travel Law:

Linda's broad experience in the personal injury field supports her Admiralty and Travel Law practice. She is well-versed in claims involving The Package Travel Regulations; Athens Convention; Montreal Convention, Merchant Shipping regulations and ship collisions, and regularly advises on matters of limitation and jurisdiction.She co-authored with Grahame Aldous QC the "Work Accidents at Sea" book (now in its second edition) and is the author of the ‘Shipping and Workers on Ships’ chapter of Munkman on Employer’s Liability (17th Edition). 

Recent Cases

  • Carrick v Sarafin Ltd (2018): settlement of a claim made by a ship’s engineer injured in the course of his employment
  • F v F [2013]: settlement for a claimant who suffered spinal injuries whilst being transported on a RIB along the Thames to jackup rigs where test drilling for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project was being conducted. 

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