Practice areas

Construction and engineering

Andrew Rush, a former civil engineer, leads the construction and engineering team at Birketts The construction and engineering team at Birketts is one of the biggest outside of London, with three partners, 17 fee-earners and four paralegals. The team is led by Andrew Rush, a former civil engineer. The team is based in all four …

Corporate

Jessica Bell is an associate in corporate reorganisations What is corporate law? Corporate law involves advising large multinational corporations on public and private M&A, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, major projects and securities offerings, environmental markets and fund structuring. I specialise in corporate reorganisations work. This involves advising on and implementing complex cross-border reorganisations for large …

Dispute resolution

Richard Power, senior equity partner at Clyde & Co Dispute resolution is what non-lawyers think of first when they imagine what lawyers do. Every film, book or TV show about lawyers focuses on dispute resolution. There’s a good reason for that: it can be exciting, interesting, frustrating, emotional, challenging and absorbing. Dispute resolution involves the …

Employment and pensions

Heather Chandler, partner in pensions at Shoosmiths LLP in Milton Keynes, shares the ins and outs Employment 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. This can involve not only advising on …

Finance

Kirsty, now a solicitor in Ashurst London, reflects on her time as a second-seat trainee in Ashurst Sydney and as a junior associate in Ashurst Hong Kong. Banking and finance is a constantly developing and evolving practice area. For example, Ashurst was recently involved in the first transaction where SONIA (Sterling Overnight Index Average) was …

Fraud litigation

Naomi Simpson is a managing associate at Mishcon de Reya What is fraud litigation? Fraud permeates every sector of the global economy. Latest reports estimate that fraud costs the UK economy more than £193bn each year. The global nature of today’s business and a significant increase in cyber-crime means fraud is now affecting more people …

Intellectual property

Liz Cohen is a partner and Claire Phipps-Jones a senior associate in the IP litigation team at Bristows LLP What is intellectual property (IP) law? 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 …

M&A

Claire Consoli is an Associate in the Corporate Team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP. In a nutshell, solicitors who specialise in M&A (mergers and acquisitions) advise clients on the sale and purchase of companies or their assets. The sectors and types of transactions involved vary greatly, from complex multi-billion dollar cross-border …

Personal injury

Joanne is a solicitor in the serious injury team based in Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office What is serious injury? 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. The injury types which commonly fall into this …

Private equity

Andrej Wolf, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis 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) …

Technology, media and telecommunications

What is TMT and what do TMT lawyers do? TMT deals with the wide-ranging legal considerations associated with all types of communication, from mobile phones to the internet to print publications. TMT is a fast-moving and ever-changing area of law. The perpetual introduction and development of new technologies requires those working with TMT clients to …