Study Suggests Litigation, Commercial Law to Grow

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Law firms will cut lower-margin work, and expand litigation and commercial law over the next few years, a Robert Half Legal survey concludes.

The survey, released Aug. 29, involved 175 lawyers in Canada and the United States. Associates and support staff with three to five years’ experience in litigation and commercial law will be especially in-demand, the study suggests.

Health-care law, bankruptcy and labour-employment law are also expected to be growth areas of law. Six per cent of respondents said intellectual property will drive growth, five per cent voted for immigration, and four per cent for privacy, data security, and information technology law.

Family law, and ethics and corporate governance placed at the bottom of the list of anticipated growth areas, with only two per cent of votes.

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