Luke Nelson took tenancy at 3PB following successful completion of his pupillage under Luke Ashby, Robert Grey and Hamish Dunlop.
Luke undertakes a broad common law practice, with a focus on personal injury, private family and property.
Luke is approachable, calm, confident and able to put his clients at ease: utilising the skills he acquired in his previous life in the entertainment industry. He offers a sensible, pragmatic and persuasive approach to the matters in which he is instructed.
Advocacy & Legal Experience
Prior to commencing pupillage, Luke worked as a part-time lecturer in Family Law at the University of Gloucestershire. He taught private family law to the second year students at the university, setting and marking coursework, teaching lectures and seminars and delivering occasional online Skype lectures.
Luke has an unusual biography for a barrister, having been the drummer and manager of a heavy metal band until 2014, playing numerous concerts across the UK and recording an album during a six year career in the music industry; all while managing a successful pool bar.
More recently, Luke was an operational navigator in the NHS Out of Hours service. He worked closely with the regional medical director; liaising with various healthcare professionals and organising medical care via multiple teams such as pharmacists, consultants, GP practices, ambulance and various care organisations.
Outside work, music still remains a great interest, as well as heath, fitness and cooking.
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Luke Nelson regularly represents both claimants and defendants on fast and small track personal injury claims in road traffic accidents, occupiers liability and employers liability disputes.
He has experience dealing with the following:
- Drafting written costs submissions
- Small claims track trials, including arguments on unreasonable behaviour costs under civil procedure rule 27.14
- Fast track trials
- Applications to set aside judgment
- Applications for relief from sanctions
- Applications for costs on discontinuance
- Applications for costs following re-allocation
- Infant or protected party approval hearings
- Stage 3 hearings.
Luke has also undertaken the following types of written work:
- Advice on quantum
- Drafting pleadings
- Advising on prospects of success
- Advising on appropriate Part 36 offers
- Drafting skeleton arguments.
Recent feedback on his personal injury work includes:
“We instructed Luke to represent our client with regard to a matter whereby the negligent driver's insurer refused to satisfy a Judgment under s.151 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The opposition's stance was based on the fact they believed that they were not provided valid notice pursuant to s.152 of the same Act. Luke was honest and excelled at the hearing; acquiring us the result we wanted.” Senior paralegal, claimant solicitors
“Luke did an outstanding job for me in court this morning… real credit to chambers. I look forward to instructing him again in the future. Thank you for introducing him to me and the firm.” Partner, regional solicitors
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Luke has experience dealing with various property matters. He has a particular interest in matters arising out of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA).
He is particularly comfortable dealing possession orders against persons unknown and is conversant with the issues regarding possession orders and injunctions for land not yet trespassed upon raised in Secretary of State for EFRA v Meier  UKSC 11.
Luke’s recent work incudes:
- Advising and advocating on issues in relation to TOLATA and other co-ownership disputes
- Advising on professional negligence of conveyancing solicitors
- Landlord and tenant disputes
- Relief from forfeiture
- Proprietary estoppel
- Advising on and attending hearings for injunctive relief
- Mortgage possessions
- Mortgage applications
- Interim possession orders
- Possession orders & injunctions against persons unknown.
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Luke is happy to accept instructions in all private family matters. He regularly advises and appears for clients in financial remedies proceedings. Luke is also happy to accept instructions on matters and has experience involving trusts of land (TOLATA), pre-nuptual agreements and other co-habitation disputes.
Luke taught private family law and financial remedies at the University of Gloucester before joining chambers and uses this experience in the matters in which he is instructed.
Luke has experience in a wide variety of financial remedies matters. He is able to run a case through from FDA to the Final Hearing. Luke has recent experience in the following:
- Military pensions
- Responding to a substantial add-back claim in which it was alleged in excess of £150,000 was dissipated
- Assisting Hamish Dunlop in a long-running farming case involving inherited wealth and equestrian assets; the latter issue forming the basis of concurrent intervener proceedings
- Acting as junior to Rachael Goodall in a matter involving a large property portfolio and an ongoing business interest with substantial personal goodwill and an uncertain future
Luke represents privately paying clients in all disputes relating to the welfare of the children. Recent experience includes:
- Representing an Applicant in a case in which the Respondent had made a substantial amount of secret recordings of the Applicant and their children
- Cases with a domestic violence element special measures
- Relocation cases – most recently, Luke successfully represented a client who wished to relocate to Northern Ireland with her child.
Injunctions and Enforcement
Luke accepts instructions relating to injunctions and ownership of property, including freezing injunctions and enforcement applications. Luke’s recent work includes:
- Successfully representing the Respondent in their enforcement application when the other parent removed the child from them in breach of an order.
- Advising on obtaining a freezing injunction where there was a real risk the bankrupt respondent in financial remedies proceedings would dissipate assets likely to be awarded to his client.
- Representing the Applicant in their application for a non-molestation order and occupation order in proceedings also involving an application for transfer of Tenancy and domestic violence.
- Non-molestation and occupation order proceedings in which the parties still lived together in a small property. There were ongoing financial disputes which were the crux of the parties’ disagreement. Luke helped to resolve the matter by mapping out areas of the property the parties were able to enter at certain times of day – allowing the parties to focus on the underlying financial dispute without further recourse to court in non-molestation proceedings.
‘Thank you for this morning. You made it easy for me to understand the process, and in agreeing the sensible items prior to the hearing, made it more straightforward.‘
Client, financial remedies proceedings
“Luke is an excellent communicator and builds a great rapport with clients. He has a professional and approachable manner, which places any client at ease in often difficult circumstances. Luke has been able to drill down the issues within a case and approach those in a methodical and academic manner which has resulted in a first class service and result for the client overall. ”
Eleanor Wood, Goughs Solicitors
"Luke Nelson approached our case with total dedication, incredible commitment, stunning professionalism and deep empathy for us.
He made all the difference. Not only to how we were feeling through it all, but in obtaining us the result we wanted.
In court, Luke was electric, hard-hitting and exceptionally clever in his cross-examination of the claimant. I can honestly say that he is a barrister who not only represents the highest legal standards, as one would hope for, but he also superbly represents & defends his client, to a level that was without doubt simply outstanding, and quite exceptional.
We will never be able to thank him enough."
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- University of Gloucestershire (2 year fast-track LLB) - First Class
- Provost’s Award For Excellence, University of Law, BPTC 2017
- Law Prize for Outstanding Achievement, University of Gloucestershire, 2017
- Finalist, Lincoln’s Inn Inter-Provider Mooting Competition, 2017
- Undergraduate Team Award, National Client Interviewing Competition, 2016
- Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn, 2016
- Neuberger Prize, Lincoln’s Inn, 2015
Professional qualifications & appointments
- University of Law (BPTC), Birmingham - Very Competent
- Lincoln’s Inn