Maritime Lawyer

The role of a solicitor is to represent and defend clients’ legal interests and provide legal advice and guidance and to advise clients of different courses of legal action.  It is possible to specialize in several different legal areas, and work in a variety of different settings.  A maritime solicitor, could undertake work in the following areas:

  • Maritime law
  • International law
  • Shipping law
  • Property law concerning harbours, marinas, and ports
  • Company, commercial, intellectual property, employment, and litigation concerning marine businesses
  • Infrastructure, planning and development law
  • Finance law relating to maritime projects and marine businesses

The work of a solicitor is incredibly diverse; it could include meeting and advising clients, drafting documents, letters and contracts, research, preparing for court, calculating claims, negotiating, working as a team, and supervising trainee solicitors.

Long working hours are common and training takes a lot of commitment, with study and training taking at least six years.

Pathways into this role

For more information about becoming a solicitor: 

National Careers Service: Solicitor Solicitor | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Prospects: Becoming a Solicitor: Solicitor job profile |

The Complete University Guide: How to become a solicitor in the UK:How to become a solicitor in the UK (

The Lawyer Portal: How to Become a Solicitor: How to Become a Solicitor in the UK | The Lawyer Portal

The Law Society: Becoming a Solicitor: Becoming a solicitor | The Law Society

UCAS: How to Become a Solicitor: How To Become A Solicitor | Explore Jobs | UCAS