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Areas of Law: How to Become a Corporate Lawyer

Introducing our free guide to corporate law and how to become a corporate lawyer – if this is a career path you’re interested in, take a look at our advice for following this aspiration.

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What is corporate law?

Corporate law is a wide-ranging practice area that includes:

These areas require lawyers to work on the negotiation and drafting of agreements, carry out due diligence, arrange financing and register these agreements after the completion of a deal.

What is the difference between corporate law and commercial law?

Commercial law is a broader practice that encompasses areas such as intellectual property, franchising and litigation whilst corporate law is specifically focused on companies.

What tasks should I expect?

Lawyers will often be required to carry out due diligence for companies checking that its accounts are all in check so that clients can carry out transactions in confidence. They also will be responsible for drafting and checking the documents that are used by corporations for incorporation, mergers and acquisitions etc. Finally, they will often be used for advice on shareholders and directors voting rights relating to the provisions of a company’s constitution.

How do corporate solicitors and corporate barristers work differently?

A corporate solicitor will typically be responsible for dealing with their client’s issues or queries outside of court, whilst a corporate barrister will generally be responsible for representing their client in court after receiving direction from the solicitors.

What are some of the perks of a career in corporate law?

One of the key benefits is the prestige attached to specialising in such a competitive area of the law. You also have a generous salary and the opportunity to work in a challenging but stimulating work environment.

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What sort of person would suit a career in corporate law?

The ideal candidate would have:

What are the different routes into becoming a corporate lawyer?

You could either choose to take the graduate route and complete an undergraduate degree in law or in another subject and then a conversion course. You then take the LPC and obtain a training contract. Alternatively, you could do an apprenticeship to qualify as a solicitor or become a chartered legal executive and then specialise in corporate law.

What work experience looks good for a career in corporate law?

Work experience that is business-related and can demonstrate your interest in how a company is run, as well as commercial awareness, looks good for a career in corporate law. Completing a vacation scheme at a law firm that tackles corporate law is another good starting point for this kind of career.

Keep up to date with topical issues

Some current, potentially controversial issues that you may like to consider (and may discuss in applications/interviews) are:

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Words: Joe Blackmore



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