Other fields of law (beside personal injury law)

There are a wide variety of areas of law, beside personal injury law, that an individual or company can specialise in, each with their own focuses and complexities. This article contains a quick run-down of a few of the main fields of law that you may or may not have heard of.

Criminal

This is the field of law that you will most likely be familiar with from dramatised court scenes on film and television. Criminal law focuses on illegal behaviours, dealing with a range of crimes from minor to serious. A lawyer in this field will work on a case either as the defence or prosecution.

Family

This field of law focuses on legal claims and disputes within the family such as, marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, child welfare, domestic violence, etc. Cases in this field of law can often be sensitive, and aim to be resolved with as little emotional distress as possible.

Corporate

Corporate law is concerned with business and corporations, including the formation, incorporation and dissolution of companies. This field is highly competitive and also varied in the fact that it can deal with any size company from any industry or sector.

Employment

Employment law pertains to issues and disputes in the workplace between employees and employers. For example, it can deal with matters such as an employees’ pay, recruitment, firing or redundancy, and workplace harassment or discrimination. The rights of both the employee and employer need to be taken into consideration.

Intellectual property

This area of law deals with the legalities of the ownership of ideas, concepts and other intellectual properties. Lawyers in this field may give legal advice related to patented, trademarked or copyrighted materials and the infringement and accessibility of these materials, for example.

Obviously, there are a lot more fields of law to be considered, but hopefully the few listed here have been made a bit clearer.