law practice areas

Civil Litigation/Dispute Resolution
“A civil litigation/commercial dispute resolution solicitor tries to resolve their client’s disputes. Matters dealt with by these solicitors can include landlord and tenant issues, neighbour disputes, unpaid bills as well as professional negligence, breach of contracts and/or agreements, intellectual property disputes and general business disputes.”

Litigation / Dispute Resolution

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Corporate Law

“Corporate law (also “company” or “corporations” law) is the study of how shareholders, directors, employees, creditors, and other stakeholders such as consumers, the community and the environment interact with one another. Corporate law is a part of a broader companies law (or law of business associations). Other types of business associations can include partnerships (in the UK governed by the Partnership Act 1890), or trusts (like a pension fund), or companies limited by guarantee (like some community organizations or charities). Under corporate law, corporations of all sizes have separate legal personality, with limited or unlimited liability for its shareholders. Shareholders control the company through a board of directors which, in turn, typically delegates control of the corporation’s day-to-day operations to a full-time executive. Corporate law deals with firms that are incorporated or registered under the corporate or company law of a sovereign state or their subnational states. The four defining characteristics of the modern corporation are:[1]

Separate legal personality of the corporation (access to tort and contract law in a manner similar to a person)
Limited liability of the shareholders (a shareholder’s personal liability is limited to the value of their shares in the corporation)
Shares (if the corporation is a public company, the shares are traded on a stock exchange)
Delegated management; the board of directors delegates day-to-day management of the company to executives
In many developed countries outside of the English speaking world, company boards are appointed as representatives of both shareholders and employees to “codetermine” company strategy.[2] Corporate law is often divided into corporate governance (which concerns the various power relations within a corporation) and corporate finance (which concerns the rules on how capital is used).”
“The word “corporation” is generally synonymous with large publicly owned companies in the United States. In United Kingdom, “company” is more frequently used as the legal term for any business incorporated under the Companies Act 2006. Large scale companies (“corporations” in business terminology in the US sense) will be PLCs in the United Kingdom and will usually have shares listed on a Stock Market. In British legal usage any registered company, created under the Companies Act 2006 and previous equivalent legislation, is, strictly, a particular subcategory of the wider category, “corporation”. Such a company is created by the administrative process of registration under the Companies Act as a general piece of legislation. A corporation, in this British sense, can be a corporation sole which consists of a single office occupied by one person e.g. the monarch or certain bishops in England and Wales. Here, the office is recognized as separate from the individual who holds it. Other corporations are within the category of “corporation aggregate” which includes corporate bodies created directly by legislation such as the Local Government Act 1972; Universities and certain professional bodies created by Royal Charter; corporations such as industrial and provident societies created by registration under other general pieces of legislation and registered companies which are the subject matter of this article.[3]”

Contract Law Related Links

Elements of the law of contract

Basic principles of English Contract Law

Contract Law Summary

Different Legal Systems

List of national legal systems: Civil law, Common law, Bijuridical/mixed (civil and common law), Islamic law (Sharia)

Customary law is a recognized source of law within jurisdictions of the civil law tradition, where it may be subordinate to both statutes and regulations.

“The law shapes politics, economics, and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people.

A general distinction can be made between civil law jurisdictions (including canon and socialist law), in which the legislature or other central body codifies and consolidates their laws, and common law systems, where judge-made binding precedents are accepted.

Historically, religious laws played a significant role even in settling of secular matters, which is still the case in some religious communities, particularly Jewish, and some countries, particularly Islamic. Islamic Sharia law is the world’s most widely used religious law.[4]”

“The adjudication of the law is generally divided into two main areas.

Criminal law deals with conduct that is considered harmful to social order and in which the guilty party may be imprisoned or fined.

Civil law (not to be confused with civil law jurisdictions above) deals with the resolution of lawsuits (disputes) between individuals or organisations. These resolutions seek to provide a legal remedy (often monetary damages) to the winning litigant.”

Fields of Law

Types of Law Practices

Just to clerify what “Civil Law” might mean depending on the context

  • Civil law (In Legal System: Common law), a branch of law which consists of non-criminal law
  • Civil law (legal system) (or “Continental law” which is the name of the Legal System), any of the various systems or codes of law which are derived from Roman law historically
    • Civil law (area), a branch of Continental law which is the general part of private law

Antitrust/Trade Regulations
Corporate Law & Business
Employee Benefits
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Marketing & Business Development
Mergers & Acquisitions
Privacy & Security
Telecommunications & Internet

Estate Planning
Federal Tax
Financial Accounting
International Tax
State Tax
Transfer Pricing

Compensation & Benefits
Human Resources
International Human Resources
International Payroll

Chemical & Toxic Substances
Energy & Climate
Environment & Sustainability
Workplace Safety & Health

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The Law Simplified

Property Law – Leases: Creation & Termination

Fee Tail
“In English common law, fee tail or entail is a form of trust established by deed or settlement which restricts the sale or inheritance of an estate in real property and prevents the property from being sold, devised by will, or otherwise alienated by the tenant-in-possession, and instead causes it to pass automatically by operation of law to an heir determined by the settlement deed. ”

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