The continued excellence of our Industrial Disease team is recognised once again this year. We are proud to reveal the recent recognitions in some of the industry’s leading organisations’ reports.

Recognition in the Chambers and Partners 2022 Guide (Southampton and Surrounds)

Chambers and Partners is an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world’s leading lawyers.

The Chambers and Partners 2022 Guide was launched on 21st October 2021. We are delighted to confirm, that once again, the Industrial Diseases team were ranked in band two and both Richard and Michael are ranked individually in band two as notable practitioners. Highlights of the report can be found below along with a link to the full report.

What the team is known for: 

Industrial disease practice based in Portsmouth. Best known for its expert knowledge and representation of claimants in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease claims. Notable for its regular collaboration with the asbestos disease charity HASAG.


One client characterises the team as “very through and attentive.”

An interviewee notes: “Larcomes provides a very personal service and is very supportive of clients.”

Notable practitioners 

Michael Osborne enjoys a strong reputation for his handling of industrial disease claims and asbestos litigation.“He has a very nice manner with clients and excellent experience in asbestos litigation.”

Richard Hopgood is recognised for his expertise in industrial disease claims such as mesothelioma and asbestos-related cases.

“He has a vast knowledge of personal injury claims and is very collaborative and supportive.”

Recognition in The Legal 500

The team also got recently ranked in The Legal 500 this year, read the write-up they received and testimonials below.

‘Larcomes is proud of its first-rate reputation in handling asbestos-related disease claims, with its track record in this space dating back to the late 1980s. Richard Hopgood, who has led the team for 20 years, acts for disease victims and their families in compensation claims connected with asbestos-related pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Michael Osborne and Lisa Warburton are other key practitioners in the group.’


‘Their work is well-prepared and they are prepared to take on (and win) difficult claims.’

‘Richard is an experienced litigator with an in-depth knowledge of asbestos claims. He also has an excellent rapport with clients, which is particularly important in this area of work where many of the claims are terminal or fatal.’

‘Richard Hopgood is exceptional. He is diligent and experienced in handling asbestos claims. He has a very pleasant manner, which reassures clients and helps to guide them through the litigation process.

Our Industrial Disease Team

Once again, well done to our industrial disease team for your continued excellence and hard work. Richard HopgoodMichael Osborne, and Lisa Warburton. You can find out more about our industrial disease legal advice and services by clicking on the below:

Industrial Diseases