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 > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Michael VealLester Aldridge LLP

Bournemouth-based Lester Aldridge LLP distinguishes itself through its extensive prosecution work for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and also for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Equally important is defence work following accidents, which the health and safety team carries out for clients in both public and private sectors; it mainly advises clients in the marine, care and construction industries in this space. Team head Michael Veal is a seasoned litigator, who has handled prosecution work for the HSE throughout the South West of England and South Wales. Working with Veal is associate Guy Gosheron, who is a barrister with a specialism in criminal prosecutions.

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

The dispute resolution team at Lester Aldridge LLP has experience across a range of litigation and arbitration proceedings and counts marine, defence and financial services among its sector specialisms. The group acts for prominent corporates in the region and is adept at handling disputes with cross-border elements, particularly across Europe and the US. The group is led by property litigator Kate Stewart and includes Michael Veal, who is also dual-qualified in England and Wales and Ireland; Veal has particular expertise in commercial and employee fraud disputes. Chris Evans has a broad practice including financial and contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and IP litigation.