Linda Barnes

Areas of Practice

  • Coronial Inquests / Commissions of Inquiry
  • Criminal Law
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Date of Admission

Admitted as a solicitor: 2000

Called to the Bar: 2018


Linda specialises in criminal law, coronial enquiries and occupational health and safety. She has extensive experience as an advocate and a litigator and has prosecuted and defended a wide range of criminal offences, including fraud, murder, offences of violence, sexual assaults, drug offences, firearm offences, corporate manslaughter and health and safety breaches both in Sydney and in London.

Between 2000 and 2004, Linda worked as a criminal defence lawyer in Sydney both at a private firm and at Legal Aid NSW.

From 2007, Linda was a prosecutor for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, regularly appearing in court on behalf of the Crown on a range of criminal prosecutions. Linda has been appearing in District Court jury trials for almost five years, having first commenced appearing in trials as a senior solicitor at the ODPP then as a Trial Advocate. In her time at the ODPP, Linda had been briefed in over 60 District Court jury trials on behalf of the Director, including alleged offences of child sexual assault (both contemporary and historical), sexual assault, grievous bodily harm/wound with intent, kidnapping, robbery, drug supply, drug manufacture, dishonesty offences and the possession and use of firearms as well as trials involving multiple accused persons.

Linda also spent several years working as a prosecutor in the Fatalities Unit at WorkCover New South Wales, the then government body responsible for managing workplace safety. Linda prosecuted breaches of health and safety law, particularly those arising out of fatal accidents in the workplace, and was also involved in numerous coronial inquests.

Linda spent two years in London working for a top tier defence firm specialising in domestic and international corporate crime, financial crime, occupational health and safety, regulatory enforcement and serious and general crime.