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Michael is located at:

Bournemouth Office
Russell House
Oxford Road
DX: 7623


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Michael Veal is head and shoulders above many other health and safety practitioners. His knowledge of this area of law is beyond impressive. Combined with a delightful and charming personality means he is a stand out.’Close quote
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Michael Veal is an acknowledged expert in the field and someone whose judgement can be relied upon absolutely. His case preparation is meticulous and he brings real value to the conduct of a case. I would recommend him without hesitation.Close quote
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The Lester Aldridge team members have a wealth of experience and provide pragmatic advice and reassurance. I would particularly recommend Michael Veal for their straightforward no-nonsense approach.Close quote
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Michael Veal – engaging, sensible, carefully considered advice.Close quote
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Michael Veal of Lester Aldridge is held in high regard in the health and safety market. He regularly takes on sensitive cases on behalf of both prosecutors and defendants. He also has experience handling HSE investigations and inquests. He provides counsel to clients from a wide spectrum of sectors including manufacturing, construction and leisure.

"Michael Veal is a really charming, excellent solicitor and is tactically astute."

"Michael is very hard-working, readily contactable and very user-friendly."

"His preparation and attention to detail is above and beyond. He is very responsive and deals with everything in a professional and kind manner. I thoroughly enjoy working with Michael and always feel supported."Close quote
Health & Safety - UK-wide
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Michael Veal handles commercial disputes including fraud litigation and claims for breach of contract and warranty. He also advises on unfair prejudice claims and other contentious shareholder issues.

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Litigation - The South

Michael joined LA in 2001, having previously worked in house with a technology company. He qualified as a solicitor with LA in 2003 and became a partner in 2007. In 2019, Michael was appointed to the part-time judicial post of Recorder.

Michael provides a balanced, rounded and pragmatic service to his clients. Although his skills seem almost instinctive, in fact, his clients benefit from a wealth of experience in advising clients as well as representing them in court, including in some very high profile or sensitive cases or those which have shaped the law. His clients range from individuals to large businesses and public sector organisations, and across a wide variety of market sectors.

Michael’s practice is such that he is equally adept in dealing with commercial litigation, as he is criminal work for both prosecution and defence. He provides a service to clients covering business disputes, inquests, prosecutions, appeals, related public law matters and non-contentious advice.

Recent examples of work or case studies:

  • Prosecuting a case widely reported in the media concerning a young girl who suffered fatal injuries in a lift, resulting in fines of £1.6 million: R v Synergy Housing Limited and Orona Limited.
  • Successfully handling a human rights appeal in England’s highest courts on behalf of the country’s largest care provider. The Secretary of State also intervened in the case: YL v Birmingham City Council and others.
  • Acting in appeal cases which developed the current law on “risk” to safety or health: R v Tangerine Confectionery Limited; R v Veolia UK Limited; R v Willmott Dixon Construction Limited; R v EGS Limited.

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