Richard Hopgood who leads the Industrial Disease Team specialises in representing asbestos disease victims and their families and in dealing with compensation claims for asbestos related pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Richard has been heading this team for the past twenty years and his breadth of knowledge in his field is outstanding.
Frequently, Richard will have to deal with a widow or widower and they and their family look at Richard to get justice for the loss of their loved one. For many people, meeting a solicitor can be daunting especially under these dreadful conditions. Richard always puts them at ease not just because of his sympathetic and understanding approach but also because he is truly passionate about getting the best result for the client and/or the family of the deceased client. Because of his extensive knowledge of these claims Richard regularly takes on cases where other solicitors have declined the case because they believe it will be too hard to prove liability.
Richard is actively involved with various asbestos victim support groups and he is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Richard acts exclusively for claimants and their families and has never represented defendant companies in asbestos related claims. Richard sits on the RESPECT-MESO research panel which is a study looking at the benefits of early involvement of palliative care specialists in the treatment of mesothelioma.
Richard was awarded recently “Runner Up Solicitor Of Year” by the Hampshire Law Society for painting a picture of a solicitor whose focus is completely on the best interests of his clients to the panel of judges.
In the Chambers UK Guide, commentators say that Richard is a “great communicator” also noting that “the client is at the forefront, so he’ll go the extra mile.”
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