Lynn Yeates

Contact Number: 029 2039 1100

Lynn joined Hugh James in April 2021 and is a Partner in the Specialist Asbestos team based in the Southampton office. She specialises solely in asbestos disease litigation and has a long history of representing victims of asbestos exposure and their families. 

Lynn has considerable experience working on complex, high value compensation claims and has strong links with medical specialists, palliative care providers, support organisations and barristers. She has in excess of 15 years' experience working solely with people diagnosed with illnesses such as mesothelioma and other serious asbestos related illnesses. She has represented people from all walks of life who through no fault of their own, have been exposed to asbestos in their daily lives. 

Previous successful compensation claims have included shipyard workers, railway engineers, oil refinery workers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, garage mechanics, shop fitters, office workers and secondary exposure cases concerning women who have washed their husband's or partner's asbestos contaminated clothing. 

She has a wealth of experience working on complex, high value cases and works closely with specialist respiratory consultants, lung cancer nurses and charities such as the asbestos support and awareness group HASAG, to help support people with asbestos related illnesses. 

Lynn's view is that it is a privilege to act for her clients who are going through the most difficult time in their lives and is often in awe of the dignity and bravery with which her clients deal with their diagnosis.

Lynn is a keen supporter of the asbestos disease charity HASAG and enjoys regularly attending coffee mornings held at various locations around the South of England. She also enjoys organising fundraising events which have included a climb over London's O2 and a fire walk.

Lynn volunteers for the NSPCC, delivering Safeguarding Assemblies and work-shops to children at Key Stage 1 and 2. 


  • Achieving damages for a widow whose husband ran his own business and died from mesothelioma. The widow claimed a significant dependency on the losses from the business as a result of her husband's early demise. The figures were disputed by the Defendant and complex arguments and calculations had to be prepared. Lynn ultimately achieved an excellent recovery for the widow after protracted and difficult negotiations.
  • Recovering compensation for a young mother of 29 who was exposed to asbestos in the council property that she grew up in as a young child.

Career History

  • Partner at Hugh James: 2021
  • Director at Novum Law: 2015
  • Partner at Lamport Bassitt: 2010
  • Associate at Lamport Bassitt: 2008
  • Trained at Lamport Bassitt: 2000


  • Bournemouth University: LLM 
  • Solent University: LLB Law (Hons) First 


  • APIL

My industrial illness claim on behalf of my late husband has taken nearly five years to settle, and during that time I switched firms to stay with Lynn who was handling my case from the beginning. Although the team at Hugh James were only involved at the final three months of the process, I found them most approachable, professional and on the ball during the transition process, especially giving reassurance as a deadline was approaching fast. Lynn has been a rock throughout our association, both to my husband before passing and myself, giving help, support and advice on a process which was both daunting and emotional. I would definitely recommend your company to anyone else in my situation, and give high praise to Lynn for her dedication, sensitivity, caring attitude and her knowledge of the system. She definitely made things easier during this long, slow process! I feel a weight has been lifted and my family and I can now look to plan for a future, three years after losing my husband.

Client testimonial


During the past one and a half years, you have been with your professional experience and knowledge, able to represent me regarding my asbestos related disease claim that goes back to my employment of 70 years ago with my company. The opportunity came to us when you left the last firm that you had worked for to join Hugh James. I had no hesitation asking you to continue to represent me for all the progress you had made in my claim. Thank you for everything we have achieved to reach a mutual satisfaction to my claim.

Alan Grossman


When I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, it was a monumental shock and caused a lot of worry for myself and the future of my family. At this time I hadn't appreciated Mesothelioma is an industrial disease. The Oncology Unit I was attending introduced me to the HASAG Asbestos Charity, they were extremely helpful and recommended Hugh James to help me pursue litigation for compensation. The first contact and interview took place at my home with Lynn Yeates, a Partner with Hugh James. Lynn reassured me the service on offer was comprehensive and the whole process was for my benefit. I was guided through the process and kept informed by letter or email and any queries I had were promptly answered. At a later stage, Rachel Thomas, a specialist respiratory nurse advisor from Hugh James visited my home to explain about ongoing problems we could encounter and recommended a care plan for my claim. Rachel also covered a lot of areas we hadn't considered and was very professional and sympathetic. I felt the whole team at Hugh James worked hard on my behalf to achieve the best deal and financial award for me and my family and I would recommend anyone was asbestos injuries to contact this specialist company. A good experience and worthy of 5 stars. Thank you to Lynn Yeates and the team at Hugh James.

Paul Sennett, 5* Trust Pilot Review