Luke Nelson

Year of Call: 2017
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Telephone: 01202 292 102

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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 and private family.

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 was employed as a county court advocate with LPC Law. As an advocate, he has attended various county court hearings across the UK. Luke has also undertaken pro bono advocacy work at the Employment Tribunal where he represented a whistle-blower against four defendants.


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. More recently, Luke has been an operational navigator in the NHS’ Worcestershire and Warwickshire Out of Hours doctors service. He worked closely with the regional NHS medical director, interviewing patients on the phone, liaising with various healthcare professionals, organising medical care via multiple teams such as pharmacists, consultants, GP practices, ambulance and various care organisations.


Luke has worked as a mixologist and manager of various music venues, where he became skilled in flair bartending and making cocktails. Outside work, music still remains a great interest, as well as fitness training, calisthenics, yoga and cooking.




  • Personal Injury
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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:

    • 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

  • Property and Estates
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    Luke Nelson has experience in dealing with various matters involving property law. He has a specific expertise on possession matters and obtaining orders against persons unknown.  He is also conversant with possession orders and injunctions regarding land not yet trespassed upon and the issues raised in Secretary of State for EFRA v Meier [2009] UKSC 11.

    Luke has advised and acted in the following matters:

    • Landlord and tenant possessions
    • Mortgage possessions
    • Mortgage applications
    • Applications for interim possession orders
    • Application for possession orders & injunctions against persons unknown attempting to return to land owned by the Forestry Commission
  • Family
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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 and proceedings under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Luke is also happy to accept instructions on matters 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 assisted Hamish Dunlop in a long-running matrimonial finance case involving farming, inherited wealth and equestrian assets.

    Luke has appeared in the following:

    • Various financial remedies matters
    • Private children matters
    • Legal aid children matters
    • Non-molestation orders, and
    • Occupation orders.

    Luke also has experience drafting the following documents:

    • Skeleton arguments
    • Advices
    • Schedules of assets, and
    • Section 25 statements.

Academic qualifications

  • 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

Professional bodies

  • Lincoln’s Inn