Do I have to specialize in a certain field of law?

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AbdelrahmanNasir
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Hello, I’m just wondering if you know whether or not solicitors are able to practice across different fields. For example:

I personally love Civil Law (Tort, Contracts) and Criminal Law. Would I be able to be both a dispute resolution and criminal lawyer? Or maybe Contracts and IP?

Also, if you switch from say one company to another, and say you were in the IP field, would you have to stick to it at the new company or can you switch to the contracts field
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(Original post by AbdelrahmanNasir)
Hello, I’m just wondering if you know whether or not solicitors are able to practice across different fields. For example:

I personally love Civil Law (Tort, Contracts) and Criminal Law. Would I be able to be both a dispute resolution and criminal lawyer? Or maybe Contracts and IP?

Also, if you switch from say one company to another, and say you were in the IP field, would you have to stick to it at the new company or can you switch to the contracts field
You would be able to specialise as a white collar crime lawyer. Not sure on the IP front, given how fragmented different areas of IP practice seem to have become. Let's hope that one of the associates on here can help out

When moving, you'd broadly be in the same 'box' as you were previously (you are only hired because of your experience in deals/disputes in that area, after all). You may have the opportunity to e.g. build a broader practice, but you'll still be doing similar work.

Don't expect to practice tort law in any commercial law firm regularly. Tort in practice is so many miles away from tort in academia and theory. It's usually low-value claims and first-instance hearings.
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