Stuart Senator: The Different Areas of Practice in Law?

Like any profession, a simple one-word title like “lawyer” is highly generic. The fact is, every lawyer has a major area of practice. Within that focus are usually a few other areas of expertise.

What are the different major areas of practice in law? There are several major areas of focus for lawyers, each requiring a unique set of skills and expertise. Stuart Senator of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP figured out his focus of complex business litigation in trial and appellate courts, and investigations led by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. 

Some more popular areas include criminal law, international law, family law, contract law, intellectual property law, and many others. Of course, people then have a chance to go into smaller niches within these types of law to take their focus to the next level.

Criminal Law

A lawyer’s main role in criminal law is to represent their client’s interests in court proceedings related to allegations of crime or wrongdoing. This often involves collecting evidence and building a solid case on behalf of the client that demonstrates their innocence or lack of culpability in any criminal acts. 

Lawyers specializing in this area must have excellent communication skills as they will be required to effectively present their arguments and evidence both verbally and in writing to judges and juries. It can be stressful and long but finding ways to craft the best possible scenario for a client matters.

International Law

Another important area of focus for lawyers is international law, which involves the legal relationships between different countries and international organizations. In many cases, an attorney specializing in this field will work together with advocates from other countries to help resolve disputes or

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Helpful tips on how to choose a good family lawyer

McCarthy says a family lawyer’s goal in every case is an elegant divorce. “Sometimes people say I’m not interested in an elegant divorce, I’m interested in vengeance, and I say, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be the right person for you because I’m not here to be an instrument of your revenge.”

At the beginning of a family law proceeding, McCarthy says many people are hurt, assaulted and often going through the five stages of grief written by psychologist Kubler Hyson Ross – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. She says people in family law proceedings are not ready to bargain until they have moved through the anger and denial stages and are at the end goal of acceptance.

Some clients come for a family law consultation prematurely. For example, McCarthy says someone who finds out on Thursday that their spouse is in an extramarital affair and has a consult on Friday is too early and cannot hear the legal advice, receive, or evaluate it because they are in full crisis and trauma. She says they must get to a place where they can have rational conversations, hear advice, and think about things reasonably.

“There’s nothing wrong with taking two, three weeks or a month from the initial crisis moment to talk to your counselor or get some therapy. You can’t consume legal services if the volume of the emotional content is too high.”

McCarthy says about half of her initial consults have a helper in the room, which is highly encouraged. She says lawyers in family law never mind consulting with a family member or best friend because many people need a helper and find it helpful to have a “second set of ears.”

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Promotions and new hires at law firm Gibson Kerr

RENOWNED law firm Gibson Kerr has bolstered its teams throughout the business with a raft of appointments and promotions.

Among those is the advancement of one of Scotland’s best qualified family lawyers, with Nadine Martin promoted to Partner.

As well as being Scotland’s first and only solicitor to be an accredited specialist in Family Law, Child Law, Family Law Mediation and a certified specialist in Trauma Informed practice, Nadine is also trained in collaborative practice and has impressed since joining the firm in July 2021 .

Her practice covers all areas of family and child law, including separation, divorce, financial provision, residence and contact disputes and relocation of children. An adept negotiator, Nadine is also a tenacious litigator and appears regularly in the Sheriff Courts and conducts divorce litigation in the Court of Session. She is frequently instructed in mediation work throughout Scotland.

Nadine is a proponent of trauma informed law and works with the Law Society of Scotland to deliver a specialist certification in trauma informed practice to solicitors throughout Scotland.

Outwith work Nadine is a trustee on the board of Glasgow East Women’s Aid which supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse. She volunteers for the Scottish Child Law Centre. She is a committee member of both CALM Mediation Scotland and Consensus Collaboration Scotland both of which work to promote forms of alternative dispute resolution in Scotland.

Nadine Martin said: “Gibson Kerr is a firm that places huge value in the quality of its service and its people. In our family law team that is reflected in the seniority and experience of our members, many of whom are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in the field. For our clients, this means they can access top quality service at fair, transparent

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