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Lester Aldridge LLP

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Bournemouth BH23, Bournemouth BH8, London, Southampton

Michael Veal

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Lester Aldridge LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution/regulation and business crime.


Michael is widely recognised for his practice in commercial dispute resolution and regulatory crime. He has acted for regulators and commercial clients in some of the leading cases of recent years, as well as particularly complex or sensitive matters. Michael manages a team of lawyers which deals with a range of commercial disputes. Michael’s focus has been on professional negligence and corporate claims, including commercial and employee fraud and those involving emergency injunctive relief. As head of the firm’s regulatory and business crime team, Michael acts for clients in relation to all matters of white-collar crime. Having a good deal of experience of both prosecution and defence work, he provides a pragmatic service to clients covering prosecutions, enforcement notice appeals, related public law matters and non-contentious advice. He and his team are experienced in handling cases in the fields of health & safety, water regulation, environmental, trading standards and money crime among others. Michael is an experienced advocate and regularly appears in court. His experience includes the following reported cases: R v Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd [2012]; R v Tangerine Confectionery Ltd; R v Veolia ES (UK) Ltd [2011]; R v EGS Ltd [2009]; Moroney v Anglo-European College of Chiropractic [2008]; L v Birmingham City Council and others [2007]; Johnson v London Borough of Havering [2007]; Enterprise Rent-A-Car v Eurodrive Car Rental Ltd [2005]; Coulter v Chief Constable of Dorset Police [2003, 2004, 2005].


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

The five-partner litigation department at Lester Aldridge LLP focuses on the marine, defence and financial services sectors, and is experienced in High Court and appellate proceedings, as well as mediation and arbitration. Department head Michael Giddins is acting in a high-value, international contract dispute, and is also representing the claimant in a multimillion-pound LCIA arbitration. Giddins and Michael Veal, who specialises in commercial and employee fraud, are both dual-qualified in Ireland. Edward Foster focuses on banking disputes and is acting for a lender in connection with a commercial loan granted under fraudulent pretence. Chris Evans is noted for his expertise in financial services and IT sector disputes. In 2017, property litigator Kate Stewart joined the firm from Moore Blatch LLP.

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South West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Veal - Lester Aldridge LLP

Within: Health and safety

Lester Aldridge LLP’s ‘highly professional and expert’ lawyers undertake both prosecution and defence work, acting for the HSE, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and local authorities such as Torbay Council, also advising commercial clients, in particular from the marine, construction and care sectors. The practice is noted for having ‘a wealth of experience’ and being ‘on top of its game’. Practice head and ‘seasoned pro’ Michael Veal is ‘highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable’ with ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of both the law and procedure that will apply to it’ while being ‘practical and realistic in his approach to cases’. He ‘invariably demonstrates excellent judgement’. The team is extremely experienced in conducting prosecutions for the HSE, such as the prosecution of the St James Group and two others in relation to the collapse of a platform during construction of a tower block in Putney causing one fatality and two serious injuries. It also prosecuted the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the death of a patient after falling from a hospital trolley. Other work for the HSE includes prosecuting the St Austell Education Trust following an injury of a student in a science lesson and prosecuting Babcock DSG following the serious injury of a worker.

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