Michael Veal > Lester Aldridge LLP > Bournemouth, England > Lawyer Profile

Lester Aldridge LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution/regulation and business crime.


Michael Veal is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation team.

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.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Lester Aldridge LLP has ‘a realistic commercial approach coupled with careful legal analysis’ and is ‘always working towards practical solutions’. The practice excels in the marine, defence and financial sectors and is also active in regulatory issues and insolvency procedures. The team is also regularly involved in claims with an international aspect, particularly proceedings involving Europe or the US. Bournemouth-based department head Chris Evans is often instructed in Part 8 Companies Act claims and insolvency mandates, while Michael Veal, who is also qualified in the Republic of Ireland, specialises in fraud issues and emergency relief applications; and Edward Foster handles asset recovery and commercial lending issues.

South West > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Michael VealLester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP splits its focus between both prosecution and defence work. The team is well versed in the handing of prosecution work for the HSE in addition to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Its defence work mainly concerns key marine, manufacturing, care and construction players. Michael Veal  leads the practice.

South West > Insurance > Professional negligence

Lester Aldridge LLP continues to handle negligence claims against a range of insured professionals, including surveyors, auditors, accountants and solicitors. The team represents private individuals as well as companies, liquidators and creditors in these disputes. The ‘technically excellent’ Chris Evans leads the team and the overall dispute resolution practice. Other names to note in the team include Kate Stewart, who focuses on claims related to property transactions, and Michael Veal, who provides clients with ‘very sound legal analysis’.