Guy Darlaston



I am the Managing Partner of the Southampton office, which acts exclusively for victims of both personal injury and asbestos related diseases throughout the South East. I have particular expertise in representing mesothelioma patients and their families in obtaining welfare benefits, access to other support services and financial compensation.

I routinely speak at conferences and seminars to the medical and legal profession on issues associated with acting for asbestos disease victims.


Guy Darlaston is an expert on asbestos-related disease cases. Sources praise him as "very impressive with clients." - Chambers & Partners 2017

"Among the most dedicated advocates for UK asbestos victims in the country." - Chambers & Partners 2014

Guy Darlaston heads the London asbestos disease team and receives the highest praise from experts for his efficient case management and for "fighting hard for his client." - Chambers & Partners 2013

"Knows when to pursue a justified case in the face of difficulties." - Legal 500 2012

"The firm remains dedicated to serious injury work, and is split into specialist teams, with Guy Darlaston leading the 'renowned' asbestos-related disease team." - Legal 500

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

It is always a privilege to assist those affected by the devastating consequences of asbestos disease - whether by helping directly with welfare benefits and legal compensation or by putting them in contact with other support services - to give some peace of mind and reassurance.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I am fortunate to work within a team of highly specialised expert lawyers who are dedicated to advising people with asbestos illnesses.  We are widely recognised the leading team of asbestos lawyers in the South East. In addition, Irwin Mitchell has a network of specialist teams operating in each of its offices nationally and our collective knowledge and experience in this field is unrivalled.

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  • 02/10/2015
    Irwin Mitchell’s Southampton Office Wins Legal 500 UK 2015 Award

    “We are incredibly delighted and proud to have received this recognition from the prestigious international legal directory, The Legal 500. “It is a fantastic achievement and even more so when you consider that the office opened a little more than a year ago. In that time we have worked hard to recruit the very best lawyers to ensure that the office provides the leading legal expertise expected of Irwin Mitchell. We are delighted to offer that service to our clients throughout the region. “We have achieved a great deal in 12 months. The prospects for the future of Irwin Mitchell across the South East are very exciting.”

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  • 09/02/2015
    Irwin Mitchell Southampton Appoints New Specialist Medical Negligence Lawyer

    This hire signals our intent to ensure we continue to provide a very high quality offering across a wide range of legal services for our clients on the south coast. “Justine is a specialist in helping people who have suffered serious injuries as a result of medical negligence. People affected by medical negligence need to know that their lawyer is approachable and someone they can trust to fight their corner. Justine is well known and respected across the South and we are delighted to have her expertise on board in Southampton. “We have not yet been open a full year but we have been able to bring Irwin Mitchell’s national reputation to the South and we will continue to add quality lawyers to our team where possible.”

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  • 06/01/2015
    Southampton Law Firm Supports Naomi House In Pantomime Trip

    We are very pleased to be able to support Naomi House and Jacksplace. The charity provides invaluable support to children and their families who are dealing with very difficult circumstances. “We hope this pantomime trip provided some festive cheer to those who attended and gave these hugely deserving children a light-hearted experience, as well as some goodies to enjoy.”

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  • 25/08/2014
    Senior Serious Injury Lawyers Join Irwin Mitchell’s New South Coast Base

    These hires signal our intent to ensure that we have a very high quality offering across many areas of law for our clients across the south coast. We are growing our presence quickly in the South of England and bringing in two experiences lawyers with such a strong reputation can only help take us further forward. “Both Claire and Ruth are specialists in helping people who have suffered serious injuries and we are delighted to their expertise on board. They are well known and regarded across the South and both share our ethos and values in ensuring that our clients receive the best possible legal service which is the most important aspect of our work.”

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