Practice Areas

Who are asset managers and what legal services do they require?

Asset managers are firms of skilled financial professionals who invest capital on behalf of a wide variety of market participants, including pension funds, endowments, family offices and certain private individuals. They use sophisticated investment techniques and invest in a wide variety of asset classes. The asset management sector performs a crucial economic function by pooling capital so that it can be allocated efficiently, while also offering investors access to financial expertise and investment opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them.

What is banking and finance?

Anthony Warner is a senior associate of the banking and finance department at Baker McKenzie

Banking and finance is about borrowing and lending money; a lawyer’s job is to facilitate this process. Banking and finance law is based predominantly on contract law, but depending on the type of finance involved many other areas will also be involved (eg property law, trusts, regulatory law, etc).

What work does BLM’s healthcare team do?

Victoria Mortimer was a vacation scheme student who spent one of her weeks working in BLM’s clinical negligence/healthcare team in Manchester. Victoria has gone on to secure a training contract with BLM.

At BLM, the healthcare team is split between regulatory and claims work and there is a great deal of liaison between the two halves of the department as clinical or healthcare systems errors may be intertwined with a range of regulatory risks.

What is corporate law?

Gary MacDonald is a partner in the corporate and banking team at DWF LLP in Edinburgh

Corporate law involves advisory and transactional work for business organisations and for individuals with business interests. Corporate lawyers advise on a variety of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, stock market flotations and fundraisings, restructurings and reorganisations, investments and joint ventures.

What is dispute resolution?

Caroline Edwards is a dispute resolution partner and member of the firm’s international board at Travers Smith LLP

Thinking Meghan Markle in Suits? Well, sort of! For unpredictability, the need to think on your feet and the excitement of a legal and tactical battle both in and out of court, you certainly need to look no further. However, there is a lot more to dispute resolution than your favourite legal TV drama might suggest.

What is employment law?

Elizabeth Parkin, associate in employment, Birmingham, and Heather Chandler, partner in pensions, Milton Keynes at Shoosmiths LLP share the ins and outs

Employment law covers a wide range of areas and involves both contentious and non-contentious work. Broadly speaking, it encompasses any area of the law that relates to the employment of individuals.

What is fraud litigation? 

Naomi Simpson is a managing associate at Mishcon de Reya

Fraud permeates every sector of the global economy. Latest reports estimate that fraud costs the UK economy more than £193b each year. The global nature of today’s business and a significant increase in cyber-crime means fraud is now affecting more people than ever. From employees taking confidential information from one employer to the next, to ransomware attacks and false accounting within big corporates, fraud is now all around us and victims can range from corporate entities to private individuals.

Professional indemnity and commercial insurance

Claire Bowler is head of the insurance sector and Sarah McKay is an associate solicitor in the professional indemnity and commercial insurance practice group at DWF LLP in London

Insurance is risk management: protection against financial losses from risks we run every day in personal life and business. Insurers provide financial compensation for the effects of misfortune to their policyholders (known as ‘insureds’). Insurance allows businesses to thrive and economies to grow. Without the safety net of an insurance policy being in place against the risk of goods in transit being damaged, a cyber security breach or a negligence claim brought against them by a third party, businesses would not transact on the same scale and with the same spread of people. Indeed, insurance touches each of us in our daily lives, be it for our car, home, holiday or while at work. A modern society simply could not function without the benefits and the safety net that insurance cover brings.

What is intellectual property (IP) law?

Liz Cohen is a partner and Claire Phipps-Jones an associate in the IP litigation team at Bristows LLP

It’s the global Samsung v Apple smartphone wars, the ‘understated and extreme simplicity’ of Apple’s iPad, the disappearance of The Pirate Bay, the reason why anyone can publish the football fixtures, the law preventing you from ‘jailbreaking’ your games console, the reason that you don’t buy your Predator football boots from ‘Adidos’ and can’t wear a Topshop T-shirt with Rihanna’s face on it, the secret behind the distinct taste of Coca-cola and your love of seedless grapes, to name but a few!

What is M&A?

In very broad terms, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is concerned with the sale and purchase of companies and/or their assets. M&A departments advise on a broad range of transactions involving acquisitions or disposals of private companies, takeovers of companies that have their securities listed and traded publicly, and restructuring. The scale and scope of the deals that M&A lawyers advise on can vary greatly depending on the size and nature of both the firm and the client.

What is serious injury?

Joanne is a solicitor in the serious injury team based in Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office

Serious injury work involves complex and often high-value litigation. These cases are sometimes referred to as ‘catastrophic injury’ cases, because the injury can be sudden and very severe.

What is private equity?

David Arnold, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, gives us his perspective

Solicitors practising in the area of private equity law are principally divided into two categories: (i) those advising private equity funds in connection with ‘raising a fund’, ie the arrangements between the fund manager and the investors in the fund; and (ii) advising private equity funds investing the fund and selling its investments, most commonly being the acquiring and disposal of companies and any legal issues that arise during the time they own a company. This page focuses on the work of the second category.

What is real estate law?

Megan, now a solicitor, reflects on her time as a first seat trainee in real estate. Real estate is a tangible, interesting and fast-paced area of the legal industry and real estate work at Ashurst is transactional, high-profile and one of the firm’s key practice areas.

What is shipping law?

Paul Herring is a partner at Ince & Co...

Shipping law is the law related to shipping and international trade by sea/river. It might appear to be a very niche area of practice, but, in fact, it’s incredibly diverse and many of the leading contract law authorities are shipping cases (The Moorcock, Heron II, Wagon Mound No.2 and The Happy Day, to name just a few). In shipping law, while the focus is on a particular sector, clients face as wide a range of legal issues as in any other.