Linda Barnes

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative / Public Law
  • Coronial Inquests / Commissions of Inquiry
  • Criminal Law
  • Disciplinary Inquiries
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Date of Admission

Admitted as a solicitor: 2000

Called to the Bar: 2018

Professional Background

  • Employed solicitor for sole practitioner specialising in crime (2000-2003)
  • Solicitor: Legal Aid Commission (2003-2004)
  • Senior Solicitor:  WorkCover NSW (2004-2007)
  • Solicitor: Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP – NSW) (2007-2009)
  • Solicitor – top tier private firm in London (2009-2011)
  • Senior Solicitor: ODPP (2011-2016)
  • Trial Advocate: ODPP (2016 – 2018)
  • Barrister, Sir Own Dixon Chambers (2018 – current)

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (Major in International Law) (UNSW)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Technology, Sydney)

Linda was admitted as a lawyer in 2000. She has practiced almost exclusively in criminal law since that time. She was called to the Bar in 2018.

Linda worked for as a prosecutor for approximately 12 years, for most of that time employed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Before being called to the Bar Linda was employed as a Trial Advocate at the ODPP. She has appeared in District Court trials ranging from attempted murder, drug supply and importation, firearm offences, sexual assault (with complainants who are both adults and children), child exploitation, identity crime, money laundering and fraud.

Linda has extensive experience in District Court trials, Local Court hearings, sentence proceedings, bail applications and appeals to the District Court.

Having worked at the ODPP, and since being called to the Bar, Linda has extensive experience in all stages of the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) scheme including case conferences and negotiating appropriate pleas, sentence hearings and trials.

Linda is on the Legal Aid Indictable Criminal Law Barrister Panel and the Legal Aid Summary Panel.