Law Careers - What Areas Of Law Can You Can Specialise In?

Areas of Law that you can specialise in

One of the most attractive things about working in the legal services sector is the breadth of specialist fields that a legal practitioner can specialise in. There are, of course, the well-known areas that deliver the core range of advice and assistance such as Conveyancing (the sale and purchase of property), Criminal law, Family law and Employment law; to the less well-known areas of practice such as Medical negligence, Intellectual Property law and International law.
Let’s look at some of the most prominent areas now:

Public law

Public law refers to the relationship between individuals and the Government. In the UK, public law is made up of constitutional/administrative law, tax law and even criminal law.

Private client

Wherever an individual, family or charity has a lot of funds to distribute and regulate, a private client lawyer can come in handy. Often dealing with the assets of wealthy clients, private client lawyers require foresight and a deep understanding of individual needs.

Tort law (or the law of negligence)

Tort law covers the wrongful actions committed by one individual against another individual. Tort law can allow individuals to claim against any injury they suffer as a result of another’s action. It can include taking legal action against a driver of a motor car who has driven dangerously and knocked you down as you cross the road. It could also be making a claim against a store when you have been shopping, but you have fallen and injured yourself because the store did not dry a wet floor following a spillage. The law of negligence also covers very complex areas of law, such as medical negligence and industrial injury. Tort law is a very interesting and also a challenging area of law to work in.

Land law

Land law, as the name suggests, is the set of rules that govern the land and anything attached to it, such as trees or buildings, or anything in it, e.g. treasure or oil. It is another challenging area that can involve you fighting for the rights of landowners or seeking permission for others to do something with another’s land – such as cross a right of way that has been blocked. We can also put here the law of Conveyancing. Conveyancing is the sale and purchase of land and buildings and requires a very specialist set of knowledge and skills in those who work in this area.

Criminal law

Most people can immediately recognise this description, and many law students when they begin their studies have thoughts around working in this area. Criminal law is challenging, and those who work in this area can face everything from simple fines to very serious international crime.

Equity and Trusts

This is a less well-known area of law that requires a high degree of skill. It concerns issues where a person has placed their reliance upon another to handle or deal with their private or business affairs. Equity essentially means fairness. Our legal system is based on these rules and this area of law gave birth to the law of trusts.

The work can involve dealing with another’s instructions and ensuring that their wishes are put into action or dealing with conflict where there is a claim that someone has failed to deal with another wish appropriately.

Contract law

Contract law requires very particular attention to fine details and the technical aspects of legally binding agreements. Predominately a commercial and business area, we remember that we enter into contracts every day whether it be buying something or agreeing to be carried as a passenger on a train. Each and every one of these different forms of contract carry with them their own obligations and responsibilities. Contract law can, then, because of the breadth and depth to which contracts affect our everyday lives, remain as a much misunderstood and unappreciated discipline to work in.