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Michael is located at:

Bournemouth Office
Russell House
Oxford Road
DX: 7623


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Michael Veal maintains a highly respected health and safety practice that benefits from "an in-depth knowledge of the law and procedure which is unrivalled." He has notable expertise in guiding clients through inquests and criminal prosecutions, and is noted for being "calm under pressure and incredibly hard-working."Close quote
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"Michael Veal is the standout operator at this firm. Capable of conducting advocacy himself, he never fails to instruct counsel when he thinks it is necessary or the case demands it. He has great insight into the issues that are likely to arise in a case, from the very early stages in any case. A great tactical thinker and is never under prepared."Close quote
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"Michael Veal is an exceptionally good lawyer who knows everything there is to know about health & safety law. He is approachable and has a really great relationship with clients. Knowledgeable and informed. Charming and one of the best around."Close quote
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"Michael Veal is a true leader in his field. A real expert in health and safety cases. He brings vast experience to such matters."Close quote
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"I have worked with Michael Veal on several cases. His knowledge of health and safety law is highly impressive but he also has a practical approach to cases which means that he quickly gets to the point and makes life easy for me, as a barrister, and in due course, for the jury."Close quote
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"Michael Veal offers mature, considered judgement, well-balanced advice, good commercial sense."Close quote
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Michael Veal is experienced in disputes relating to liability, breach of contract and fraud claims. He is capable of acting on cross-border matters.Close quote
Litigation: The South
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Michael Veal 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 has additional experience of providing counsel on fire safety matters.
"He is exceptionally gifted and meticulous with this work." "He's a class act when it comes to health and safety. He is very realistic and practical, yet also encouraging."
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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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