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Michael is located at:

Bournemouth Office
Russell House
Oxford Road
DX: 7623


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Michael Veal handles the majority of the cross-border disputes undertaken by the firm. Close quote
Commercial litigation: Dorset & South Wiltshire - Tier 1
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Practice head Michael Veal is a well-known name in the health and safety sphere, and handles prosecutions for the HSE throughout the South West of England and South Wales.Close quote
Health & Safety: Leading Individual
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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." She 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 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 heads the team and is ‘a very impressive practitioner’ who is ‘adept at getting the best solutions for his clients’. Close quote
Health & Safety: Leading Individual
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Michael Veal of Lester Aldridge LLP is an expert regulatory practitioner and is frequently instructed by the HSE to prosecute significant cases, including those relating to fatalities. Market sources regard him as "an extremely good health and safety lawyer," adding: "He is really thorough; he always knows the brief back to front."Close quote
Health & Safety: UK-wide
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Partner Michael Veal has ‘exceptional intellectual and analytical ability’ and ‘a modern, user-friendly style’.Close quote
Professional Negligence
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Michael Veal has a wide-ranging practice that covers commercial disputes, complex financial products and regulatory questions. He also provides advice on employee fraud and business crime.Close quote
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.
Accreditations Leading individual legal 500

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