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Lester Aldridge LLP

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Bournemouth, London, Southampton

Michael Veal

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Lester Aldridge LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution/regulation and business crime.


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.


Trained Lester Aldridge; qualified 2003 (England and Wales), 2007 (Republic of Ireland). Partner Lester Aldridge LLP 2007; joint head of the firm’s litigation team.




Member of the Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association.


Truro School, Truro, Cornwall (1995); Cardiff University (1999 LLB (Hons) Law and German); Cardiff Law School (2000 Legal Practice Course (Dip Law)).


The majority of Michael’s spare time is taken up with dogs! He sits on the committee of the Poole Canine Club locally, and the Giant Schnauzer Club nationally. In addition, Michael is a keen sailor and windsurfer, and enjoys cooking in the time he has at home.

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Lester Aldridge LLP has particular experience of disputes in the marine, defence and financial services sectors and has gained a reputation among court advocates for providing ‘practical and carefully prepared advice’. ‘A shrewd and experienced litigator’, department head Michael Giddins is an accredited mediator and has experience of disputes with international dimensions. Giddins is representing a party in a multimillion-pound arbitration concerning the crash of a Russian-owned marine vessel off of a European coast. Edward Foster advised a lender in relation to a commercial loan, the security for which was fraudulently obtained. Chris Evans has experience of a range of commercial disputes, which have recently included acting for a company in relation to a claim and subsequent counterclaim concerning alleged breaches of a share purchase agreement. ‘Neither too robust nor too ready to fold’, Michael Veal is another key figure in the team and has expertise in disputes involving fraud and emergency relief applications.

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South West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Veal - Lester Aldridge LLP

Within: Health and safety

The ‘experienced, dedicated and highly efficient' practice at Lester Aldridge LLP is highly active in prosecution work on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Maritime & Coastguard Agency and local authorities such as Torbay Council. It also carries out defence work for commercial clients and public bodies in the marine, care and construction sectors. Recent work includes acting for the HSE in prosecuting Whirlpool UK Appliances following a death at its factory, and acting for the HSE in the prosecution of Synergy Housing, Aster Property and Orona in relation to the death of a child which occurred when using a lift at the family home. Michael Veal heads the team and is ‘a very impressive practitioner’ who is ‘adept at getting the best solutions for his clients’.

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Lester Aldridge LLP advises mainly claimants on professional negligence matters against solicitors, accountants, IFAs, property surveyors and marine surveyor’s negligence. The firm specialises in claims against accountants and IFAs with regards to aggressive tax schemes. Michael Giddins heads the team, he is adept at handling complex disputes which sometimes have multi-jurisdictional aspects, he has ‘excellent people skills’. Partner Michael Veal has ‘exceptional intellectual and analytical ability’ and ‘a modern, user-friendly style’. Partner Kate Stewart joined from Moore Blatch LLP.

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