Linda Nelson has a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence practice.

Her personal injury work has a strong focus on cross-border and Admiralty Court claims, and consists of the more substantial and complex cases (including RTA fraud, insurance and MIB issues, fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries). She is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and represents both claimants and defendants.

Her clinical negligence practice encompasses delayed diagnoses resulting in death, blindness and amputation; birth injuries; spine and brain injuries and catastrophic injuries including loss of limbs.

Linda regularly advises in international personal injury cases with cross-border issues, particularly those falling within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court. She is well-versed in claims involving the international carriage conventions, the package holiday regulations, Merchant Shipping regulations, ship collisions and issues of jurisdiction, applicable law and limitation.

She is a contributing author to Munkman on Employer’s Liability (writing the ‘Shipping and Workers on Ships’ chapter) and co-authored ‘Work Accidents at Sea’ (now in its second edition). She is recommended as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners (in the field of Travel: International Personal Injury) and in the Legal 500 (Travel Law).

Notable Admiralty and International Personal Injury cases

  • Goslin and Male v Stormforce Coaching Ltd (The Cheeki Rafiki)

    Acted for the families of crew members who died when their racing yacht sank whilst on passage from Antigua to Southampton. Advised on issues relating to insurance, jurisdiction, liability and quantum.

  • Dumitrache v MacDuff

    Successful settlement of a claim by the family of a man who, along with his fishing companions, was drowned when their pleasure craft sank following a collision or near miss with a commercial fishing vessel.

Linda has a well-established personal injury practice dealing with the more substantial and complex cases, including fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries. She has particular expertise in claims involving issues of road traffic insurance, MIB and fraud as well as employer liability cases. She is a contributing author to Kemp & Kemp’s Personal Injury Law, Practice and Procedure (writing the Low Velocity Collision chapter) and to Munkman on Employer’s Liability and APIL’s “Guide to RTA liability” (now in its third edition). She is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners (Travel: International Personal Injury) and the Legal 500 (Travel Law).

Linda’s experience in clinical negligence work covers a range of cases including brain and spine injuries, delayed diagnoses and amputation. 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’.


“Linda's forensic approach and her ability to analyse and dissect complex medical issues in conference with multiple experts is excellent.”

Legal 500 2024

“She is a pleasure to work with, efficient, thorough and always presents the client’s case at its best.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“She has a very personable manner which instantly puts clients at ease.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Linda provides specialist knowledge. She has a great technical understanding and attention to detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“In conference, she is very clear and decisive but also very approachable and open to questions and suggestions.”

Legal 500 2023

“She is technically excellent, as well as approachable, friendly and personable.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Her client service is impeccable – she is very sympathetic and understanding.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“A marine specialist; very intelligent, approachable, reliable and quick to grasp the issues.”

Legal 500 2020

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

Legal 500, 2020

“A barrister of the highest standard.”

Legal 500, 2019

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

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